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Laws of Estates and Trusts (LET)


What You Will Learn

Students will increase their technical knowledge of trust law and how it can be applied in their day-to-day duties in trust and estate administration. In addition to reviewing  the responsibilities of trustees, executors and administrators, they will also learn about complex circumstances that can occur while administering an estate or trust. Upon completion of the course students will:

  • Identify potential liabilities and take action to minimize risk for the executor and trustee
  • Understand the nature of trusts, their components and applications under Common Law (Civil Code if in Quebec)
  • Discern the roles and responsibilities of trustees, executors, liquidators and administrators
  • Explain the requirements for a legal will
  • Identify what to do in the case of the death of an executor or trustee renunciation
  • Recognize special circumstances, including challenging a will, family law and illegitimacy and adoption, and mental capacity for testamentary purposes
  • Provide exceptional service to beneficiaries

LET is one of the requirements for CSI's MTI® Estate and Trust Professional designation. It can also be taken as a stand-alone course.

Approximate Hours of Study**
Hours of Study 20 - 30 hours

** In order to provide some guidance to course participants as to the length of time it will take to be sufficiently prepared to write the final examination, CSI has prepared this estimate of the number of hours an average participant could possibly expect to spend studying for a course. Please note that these are only recommended hours of study developed based on research and our course content, however, this does not mean that some students with exceptional backgrounds would not take less time than recommended or that students with no background at all in finance or economics would not take longer than the maximum.

(weightings are approximate)
Creation, Kinds and Aspects of Trusts 10%
Perpetuities, Accumulation, Vesting 6%
Variation, Termination, Renunciation of Interests 6%
Appointment, Replacement, Removal, Resignation (Trustees and Executors) 10%
Powers and Duties of Trustees 14%
Compensation, & Indemnity' Breach of Trust & Liability 12%
Will Challenges & Family Law 10%
Estate Debts, Claims and Legal Actions 12%
Identification of Beneficiaries/Special Circumstances 10%
Gifts and Legacies in Special Circumstances 10%
TEST FORMAT (Subject To Change)
Tests 1
Test Format Online
Test Length 1.5 Hours
Question Format Multiple Choice
Questions Per Exam 50
Attempts Allowed Per Exam 2*
Passing Grade 70%
Assignments None
Enrolment Period 6 months

*Students will have two attempts ONLY to complete the test for this course. There is no additional charge for the second attempt. If you fail both attempts you will have to re-enrol in the course.

Important: During a student's enrolment period, CSI may update this course. In that case, details about the update and how it may affect students will be posted online via My CSI. Students are held responsible for and are examinable on the content in the course textbook(s) provided at the time of enrollment unless stated otherwise in My CSI. Students are encouraged to check My CSI regularly throughout their enrolment period.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits

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