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Real Estate Paralegal Certificate

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Real Estate Law - Will and Estates Overview

With Penn Foster Career School's Real Estate, Wills, and Estates for Paralegals Certificate, you can learn about real estate and estate administration matters. You will learn the real estate paralegal perspective for property law, modern real estate practice, and how to understand and use the forms related to real estate law. The course also covers the practical day-to-day duties of a paralegal as they relate to drafting wills and trusts and estate planning. And you can complete this online paralegal certificate program in just eight months.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The Real Estate, Wills, and Estates Certificate program teaches the skills practicing paralegals need to take on additional responsibilities in matters involving real estate, wills, and estate administration.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the various types of property interests involved in real estate transactions and the roles and obligations of different players in those transactions
  • Identify critical contract terms and conditions; understand and properly complete contract forms; draft and interpret deeds and leases
  • Understand statutes that relate to wills and estates and the role of assistant to the personal representative in the performance of estate administration duties
  • Draft a preliminary will that's free from errors of construction, and prepare preliminary drafts of the various kinds of trusts, for the supervising attorney's review
  • Apply the procedures and prepare the legal forms used in probate for a set of facts involving a decedent's estate
  • Understand the procedures and legal forms for creating an estate plan incorporating tax-saving devices to reduce or eliminate death taxes and identify ethical employment responsibilities of practicing paralegals in the field of wills, trusts, and estate administration

Course 1

Starting Your Program

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program.


  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.

Course 2

PLS215 Real Estate Law

The real estate industry—real estate development, construction, sales, leases, and financing—generates a great deal of work for law firms. Paralegals often work with real estate law, and this course is designed to teach you the basics. Real estate law varies some from state to state, but most of the principles are the same in all states.


  • Understand the types, content, and preparation of deeds.
  • Understand how real estate is described in deeds.
  • Define and give examples of encumbrances, easements, and licenses.
  • Describe some of the ways government regulates the use of real estate.
  • Describe the components of a real estate purchase contract and the real estate closing process.
  • Explain the role of lawyers and paralegals in the process of real estate financing.
  • List the provisions of a standard lease and explain their purpose.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Practical Real Estate Law, Fifth Edition, by Daniel F. Hinkel

Course 3

PLS217 Wills and Estates

Paralegals often handle matters dealing with wills, trusts, and/or estate administration.


  • Understand statutes and statutory language pertaining to wills and estates.
  • Draft a preliminary will for the supervising attorney’s review.
  • Prepare preliminary drafts of the various kinds of trusts.
  • Prepare legal forms to create an estate plan.
  • Apply the procedures and prepare the legal forms used in probate and estate administration.
  • Prepare the tax returns of a decedent’s estate.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration for the Paralegal, Fifth Edition, by Dennis R. Hower

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

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Sample Lesson

To view a Real Estate, Wills, and Estates for Paralegals sample lesson, click here.

Real Estate Law Program Details

In the Penn Foster Career School online real estate paralegal program, you will cover a variety of real estate topics, in addition to drafting wills, trusts, and estate planning, as well as general paralegal duties.

Students interested in enrolling in this program should have an educational or work-related background in core paralegal concepts. Students without the necessary prerequisites should consider Penn Foster Career School’s Paralegal Career Diploma Program.

State Licensing Information

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

online real estate paralegal certificate

The Real Estate, Wills, and Estates for Paralegals Certificate covers the essentials of property law, real estate transactions, wills, trusts, and estate administration. Here are a few qualities that effective paralegals have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Dependable: Clients and lawyers rely on you to be organized and prepared.
  • Honest: You are honest and ethical in the workplace.
  • Cooperative: You are pleasant and listen to what others have to say regarding projects and tasks.

My overall experience with Penn Foster was great. You are allowed to go at your own speed, and the school gives encouragement to keep you going. I would recommend Penn Foster.

- James R., Penn Foster Graduate

Penn Foster is a great school with amazing people who always help and work with you through ANY situation. I experienced a fire in my home, and Penn Foster was there for me to cope through the situation. Thank you, and I will be doing another program soon.

- Claudia D., Penn Foster Graduate

I am so happy that I made a career change with the help of Penn Foster. Penn Foster makes it easy, and they are always supportive and encouraging to you. Whenever I had a question, I just gave my instructors a call, and they were very helpful and easy to talk with. The online testing made it convenient, and my shipments always arrived right on time.

-Christina R., Penn Foster Graduate

Your program includes:

  • Books and learning aids
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the Real Estate, Wills, and Estates for Paralegals Certificate academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Does the Real Estate, Wills, and Estates for Paralegals Certificate Program provide any textbooks?

Yes. Students receive Practical Real Estate Law, Fifth Edition, by Daniel F. Hinkel, and Wills, Trusts, and Estate Administration for the Paralegal, Fifth Edition, by Dennis R. Hower with the program.

Is any experience required to enroll in this program?

We recommend that you complete the Penn Foster Career School Paralegal Career Diploma Program or have previous paralegal experience before enrolling in the Penn Foster Career School Real Estate, Wills, and Estates for Paralegals Certificate Program.

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The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.

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