Date lodged: 21 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government when the recommendations in the Scottish Law Commission's Report on Succession will be taken forward and, further to its response of 13 July 2009 to the report, whether it will provide an update on its position on the recommendations regarding intestate succession.
Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 7 March 2017
The Scottish Government brought forward a number of the recommendations in the Scottish Law Commission’s Report on Succession for change to technical areas of the law in the Succession (Scotland) Act 2016 - http://www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2016/7/contents/enacted.
The Scottish Government also consulted on recommendations in that Report for reform of substantive succession law, including intestate succession, between June and September 2015.
The Scottish Government is considering the analysis of responses to that consultation together with the findings of a survey of public attitudes towards succession law of just over 1000 people representative of the Scottish population and a targeted Survey Monkey on disinheritance which received over 800 responses.
The analysis of, and the responses to, the consultation together with the Scottish Government’s response will be published when that consideration is concluded and will inform the way forward, including on intestate succession.