Further succession proposals for Scotland may cause greater impact for those intestate

Further proposed changes to Scottish succession law may mean Scots face even greater pressure in considering how their wealth is passed on following death.

The new law, which comes into force in November 2016, will mean dissolution or divorce from a spouse automatically revokes any provision in a will for the respective ex-partner unless it expressly states otherwise.

Additional to the Succession (Scotland) Act 2016 are proposals from the Scottish Law Commission (SLC) which suggest a far greater number of people could be affected by the two-stage reform. These include rules relating to children’s rights, division of estate where a partner dies intestate, as well as introduction of new rights for unmarried cohabitees.

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