There is a general acceptance that the law governing succession to property in Scotland is outdated and in need of reform. Indeed very little has changed since the last major reform introduced by the Succession (Scotland) Act 1964 (the '1964 Act'). But change is in the air, and a Draft Succession Bill is currently before the Scottish Parliament. If enacted, this could lead to significant changes.
In the first of two articles I will examine the law in Scotland as it currently stands in relation to succession. I will then follow up in a separate article on the reforms which might follow should a new Succession (Scotland) Act enter the Statute Book.