Two new Scottish Government consultations on the subject of inheritance and property

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These two recent consultation papers from the Scottish Government may be of interest to anyone studying succession.

Consultation on the Law of Succession:

This consultation paper, seeks views on recommendations the Scottish Law Commission made in their 2009 Report on Succession.

Issues considered are:

  • Where there is no will
  • Protection for disinheritance
  • Provisions for cohabitants.

The consultation documents are available on the Scottish Government website.

Consultation on the draft bill on Prescription and Title to Moveable Property:

This consultation seeks views on recommendations by the Scottish Law Commission in their 2012 Report on Prescription and Title to Moveable Property.

Issues considered are:

  • Allowing someone possessing an object in good faith to become the owner after 20 years
  • Allowing someone who has a lent or deposited object become the owner after 50 years if no owner can be traced

The consultation documents are available on the Scottish Government website

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