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Consultation on succession law 19/02/2019 The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on modernising Scotland’s intestate succession rules, asking how an estate should be split when there are both a surviving spouse and children.

Consultation on succession law

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on modernising Scotland’s intestate succession rules, asking how an estate should be split when there are both a surviving spouse and children.

It also considers what rights cohabitants should have regarding succession, and whether step-children should have the same inheritance rights as biological or adopted children.

The consultation also seeks views on a potential change in the law to allow anyone charged and convicted of murder and other crimes to be removed from being executors for their victims’ wills.

“The make-up of families in Scotland is vastly different today than it was when these laws were passed over half a century ago, including significantly more families made up of cohabiting couples and an increased number of step-families,” said Community Safety Minister Ash Denham. “This issue affects all of us and we want our reforms to reflect the views of 21st century Scotland. The law should be fair and representative so it is important we hear from people of all ages and backgrounds. I hope that people will take this opportunity to share their opinions and experiences.”

The consultation will run until 10th May and can be found here.

 

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