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Bills and Laws

Trusts and Succession (Scotland) Bill

The Bill aims to change the law in relation to two areas:

  • trusts: how they are administered and managed
  • succession: who has the right to inherit and in what order

The Bill was passed on 20 December 2023 and became an Act on 30 January 2024



The Scottish Government introduces the Bill and accompanying documents to the Parliament which publishes the Bill.

The Bill was introduced on 22 November 2022

Bill as introduced

Financial resolution

The Presiding Officer has decided under Rule 9.12 of Standing Orders that a financial resolution is not required for this Bill.

Crown consent

This Bill requires Crown consent. It is expected that this consent will be signified at Stage 3.

Related information from the Scottish Government on the bill

Policy Memorandum

Why the Bill is being introduced

Financial Memorandum

How much the Bill is likely to cost

Delegated Powers Memorandum

Information on the powers the Bill gives the Scottish Ministers and others to make “secondary legislation” (usually regulations) and to the Scottish Ministers (such as to make guidance).

Statements on Legislative Competence

Statements on whether the Bill is within the Parliament’s “legislative competence” (if the Parliament has the power to make the changes to the law proposed by the Bill).

Scottish Parliament research on the Bill

Read the research done by the Scottish Parliament on specific parts of the Bill:

Trusts and Succession (Scotland) Bill research briefing