Want of Knowledge and Approval

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What you will learn

This course will explain the requirement of knowledge and approval when making and executing a Will, and what can be done when the testator did not know and approve of the contents of their Will. We will cover:

  • what probate actions can be brought when the testator did not know and approve of the contents of their Will;
  • identify relevant case law; and
  • provide practical examples within a charity legacy setting.


You must mark each section complete in order to successfully complete the course, but you can return to the sections at any point. At the end of the course you will complete a quiz, which can be retaken if you do not reach the pass mark of 80%. You will also be asked to submit a short written assignment. Upon successful completion of the quiz and assignment, you will receive your certificate!

Once enrolled, you can also download and print the full course notes and a one-page reference guide from the materials section. We recommend printing the full course notes before you take the quiz.

You will still be able to access the course in full at any time from the My Account section of the website, even after you have completed it.

About the author

Natasha McKeever, Bolt Burdon

Natasha is a Partner and head of the Disputed Wills and Trusts Team at Bolt Burdon.

She acts for all types of charities and appreciates the importance of protecting legacies left to them. Natasha has managed a varied caseload relating to Wills, Probate and Trust disputes and claims brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and is a full member of ACTAPS, a qualified Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Associate, a committee member of ConTrA, who are a network for Contentious Trusts Solicitors and a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).

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