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


4th February 2019

Duration:  1.5 hours

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.

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:
Product Code: WBCFEB19
 Price:  $264.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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