Course Description

Diploma in Trust and Estate Planning

Diploma in Trust and Estate Planning is a course run by Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, Dublin. It is a Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online course . Diploma in Trust and Estate Planning gives a Course Qualification of Diploma, awarded by Law Society of Ireland. For more information about Diploma in Trust and Estate Planning at Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, please review the details below.

Programme objectives

On completion of this training programme, participants will:

  • Advise clients on the creation of wills, the operation of trusts, associated tax implications and overall estate planning;
  • Highlight recent judicial decisions and legislative developments;
  • Assess the impact of recent developments on practice and procedure;
  • Develop their capacity for independent learning.

Programme structure and approach to learning

The Diploma in Trust and Estate Planning is offered jointly by the Law Society of Ireland and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).  The course has been designed by practitioners with specialist exposure to give a practical insight into key estate planning, legal- and tax-based concerns for private clients in the area of trust and estates. The focus of the diploma course is to enable successful candidates to advise clients on all aspects of the creation of wills, the operation of trusts, associated tax implications, and overall estate planning for clients. Practical in its approach, this course provides participants with real-life situations that practitioners face, and it gives real solutions to problems encountered.


The Diploma in Trust and Estate Planning programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Course introduction

  • Lifetime and estate planning,
  • Basic legal principles,
  • Basic tax principles.

Module 2: Introduction to taxation issues

  • Application of tax principles,
  • CGT, income tax, stamp duty, CAT,
  • Double taxation agreements.

Module 3: Lifetime and estate planning

  • Lifetime gifting and passing of value on death,
  • Legal issues and tax implications of wealth planning structures,
  • Financial planning.

Module 4: Trust drafting

  • Requirements of a valid trust,
  • Classification of trusts,
  • Drafting an effective trust deed.

Module 5: Administration of trusts

  • Office of trustee and trustee powers,
  • Breach of trust,
  • Tax issues in trusts.

Module 6: Will drafting

  • Testamentary capacity,
  • Solicitors’ duty of care,
  • Assisted decision-making.

Module 7: Administration of estates

  • Applying for the grant,
  • Litigation,
  • Distribution of assets.


Workshops are interactive sessions that focus on group problem-solving and are designed to revise all modules covered to date and to consolidate the student’s knowledge.

Workshop Title Date Time
1 Basic Tax Computations (including case study) 1 October 2022 10am-1.30pm
2 Lifetime Planning 15 October 2022 10am-1.30pm
3 Estate Planning 12 November 2022 11am-1.30pm
4 Trust Drafting 19 November 2022 12:30pm – 2:30pm
5 Administration of Trusts 3 December 2022 10am-1.30pm
6 Taxation of Trusts 14 January 2023 10am-1.30pm
7 Will Drafting 28 January 2023 10am-12.30pm
8 Taxation of Estates 11 February 2023 10am-1.30pm
9 Applying for the Grant / Duties of Personal Representatives 25 March 2023 11am-2.30pm
10 Estate Litigation / Applications / Pleadings 25 March 2023 10am-1.30pm
11 Exam Preparation workshop 1 April 2023 1:30pm-3.30pm


Written assignment (20%) and two closed-book exams in May 2022 (40% each).

Who should attend?

The course is intended primarily for persons who have practical experience in the areas of wills, trusts, estate planning, probate, and the administration of estates within Ireland. In order to participate on the course, you must have relevant work experience of at least one year in the areas covered on the course and one or more of the following qualifications: solicitor, barrister, certified accountant, chartered accountant, associate or fellow of the Irish Taxation Institute, associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Trustee Diploma), associate of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland (Diploma in Wealth Management), member of the Irish Institute of Legal Executives, or another professional qualification deemed equivalent by the Law Society and STEP.

To apply for the course, applicants should first apply for STEP Affiliate membership before registering for the course. Successful completion of the course provides a structured route to full membership of STEP and the use of the internationally recognised ‘registered trust and estate practitioner’ designation.

Please see STEP Ireland’s website ( for full details of membership criteria.

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified non-solicitors. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €300.


Lecturers are drawn from solicitors, barristers, financial and other professionals with a variety of probate, tax and financial backgrounds. All lecturers are members of STEP Ireland and are experienced practitioners in the area of wills, probate, trusts, tax and estate planning generally.

Previous lecturers have included:

  • Cormac Brennan, O’Connell Brennan,
  • Owen Burke, Hayes Solicitors,
  • Barry Kennelly, Davy,
  • Nuala Casey, Solicitor,
  • Amanda-Jayne Comyn, Doyle Keaney Tax Advisors,
  • Alison Crawford, Joynt & Crawford,
  • Allison Dey, Allison Dey Solicitors,
  • John Donnelly SC,
  • Karl Dowling BL,
  • Gráinne Duggan BL,
  • Patrick Harney, Mishcon de Reya LLP,
  • Carol Hogan, O’Connell Brennan,
  • Áine Hynes, St. John Solicitors,
  • Carol Jermyn, Jermyn Baker,
  • Aileen Keogan, Aileen Keogan Solicitors,
  • Maria Lakes, Tracey Solicitors,
  • Lydia McCormack, Matheson,
  • Barry MacDonald, MacDonald Financial Consultants,
  • Mary McKeever, Eugene F. Collins,
  • Sandra Meade, O’Hanlon Tax Limited,
  • Tracey O’Donnell, Deloitte,
  • Ingrid O’Gorman, EY,
  • Clodagh O’Hagan, Mullany Walsh Maxwells,
  • Tina Quealy, O’Connell Brennan,
  • Una Ryan, Grant Thornton,
  • Anne Stephenson, Stephenson Burns Solicitors,
  • Margaret Walsh, Sheil Solicitors,
  • Declan Whittle BL.


We have designed our courses to enable you to satisfy as much of your CPD requirement as possible. Time spent attending lectures and workshops in person or completing these via e-learning as part of your course can be claimed towards your annual CPD requirement. The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to your diploma/certificate course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions. For further information, visit the CPD scheme  and download the CPD booklet.

The Diploma Centre team will host our annual CPD conference in November 2022. This complimentary event is a dedicated management and professional development skills and regulatory matters session. We will post an invitation on your Diploma Hub page later in the year.

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Training ProviderLaw Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 7
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationDiploma
Awarding BodyLaw Society of Ireland
Awarding Body DetailsDiploma in Trust and Estate Planning
Course Start Date24th September 2022
Course End Date1st April 2023
Course TimeLive lectures on Wednesday evenings, with occasional lectures taking place on Saturday mornings. Interactive onsite workshops on Saturdays. Also available to view on–demand.
Course Fee3200
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