Changes put forward by Scottish Parliament highlight the need to make a Will


Whilst we have commented on our Website that the law relating to circumstances where somebody dies without a will was last defined in 1964, there is in fact a Succession (Scotland) Bill 2015 making its way through parliament.

Recent suggested amendments to that Bill will directly affect the relatives of those who die without making wills. It is proposed that the Court will not to be able to appoint anyone to administer the estate unless conditions relating to whether the proposed relative is a fit and proper person are met. That is likely to involve some form of investigation of the relative seeking appointment (possible further scope for Disclosure Scotland?) - leading to delay and expense.

We are therefore about to enter a transitional period of even greater uncertainty when the deceased has died without a Will – all the more reason then, to avoid that uncertainty for your loved ones by making a Will?