Live Webinar: The Testing Issue of Testamentary Capacity Under the Spotlight


Date:  Monday 4th February 2019 – Online:
Vic, NSW, ACT, Tas:  3pm to 4:30pm 
SA: 2.30pm to 4pm  WA: 12noon to 1:30pm 
NT: 1.30pm to 3pm  Qld: 2pm to 3:30pm

Lawyers are well versed in the need to ensure that a client has testamentary capacity before preparing a will. However, the recent case of Ryan v Dalton; Estate of Ryan [2017] NSWSC 1007 highlights the importance of practitioners continuing their education on questions of capacity. This session covers:

  • Assessing the person’s ability to understand the decisions they are making and the presence of any cognitive impairment
  • “Red flags” and appropriate responses
  • Questioning and documenting capacity
  • Competing medical opinions – how far do you need to go? Do you need an updated medical opinion prior to execution of the will?
  • Recent cases and testamentary capacity – a spotlight on Ryan v Dalton; Estate of Ryan [2017] NSWSC 1007
  • A key checklist of things to be mindful of when assessing testamentary capacity
Our presenter

Andrew Verspaandonk, Barrister, Victorian Bar, Melbourne

Andrew Verspaandonk is a member of the Victorian Bar and a member of STEP.

He signed the Bar Roll in 2000 and after a wide initial practice has since has developed a practice almost exclusively centered on Wills and Estate litigation.

He has also appeared in the Supreme Court of Nauru (sitting in Melbourne and Nauru) retained on behalf of the Republic of Nauru in estate related litigation. He has extensive mediation experience both as Counsel and as Mediator in Supreme Court and County Court proceedings. Rate of resolution of matters mediated is over 90%.

He has given many presentations and contributed articles on various aspects of Wills and Estates law in Victoria, interstate and overseas on behalf of various Law Societies and their journals, Law Associations, STEP, Leo Cussen Institute, Capacity Australia and private CLE providers.


This webinar is suitable for succession lawyers – Australia wide. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.


Live webinar delegates will receive a CPD certificate for attendance at this webinar.  Lawyers can claim up to 1.5 CPD units/points – substantive law.  This webinar has been designed to run for 1.5 hours, however, webinar lengths can vary depending on the level of questions and discussion, and the minimum length of the webinar is 1 hour.

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Webinar Coordinator, Lisa Tran on (03) 8601 7709 or email:

Attending a TEN webinar couldn’t be easier. Basically it’s just like attending a seminar except that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your office or home. You just need to be available at the appointed date and time with your computer and internet connection.

Once you’ve registered for the webinar, we send you a link so that you can login to the webinar from your computer. The speaker delivers the session from their computer in real time. Just like a live seminar, you can ask questions of the speaker. You simply type your question into the question box and the speaker responds to it during question time.
At the end of the webinar session we send you a certificate to confirm your attendance and the number of CPD hours you earned.

You will need a computer with sound, an internet connection and earphones if you need to participate in the webinar in an open office environment (so you don’t disrupt those around you).

Product Code: RBCFEB19
 Price:   $264.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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