SB 15-45 Inheritance law in Scotland

This briefing provides an introduction to inheritance law in Scotland, also known as succession law or the law of succession. This area of law says what happens to someone’s property and possessions when he or she dies.

The briefing is divided into two parts:

  • The first part of the briefing covers the current law and practice. It includes the law where somebody dies without making a will, as well as the law where a will is made.
  • The second part of the briefing outlines the key recommendations for reform contained in a report of the Scottish Law Commission. In June 2015 the Scottish Government published its consultation on these recommendations.

Please note that SPICe can only provide general information relating to the law of Scotland. If, for example, a constituent wishes to receive legal advice in relation to the circumstances of his or her individual case he or she should contact a solicitor.


Read the SPICe briefing:

Published: 25 August 2015

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