Date lodged: 10 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it can take to encourage people to arrange a will.
Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 22 November 2017
The Scottish Government provides information on line and in hard copy in ‘What to do after a death in Scotland’ http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/11/6948/0 on how an individual’s estate will be a distributed if they do not make a will. Those rules on distribution may in fact reflect what an individual wishes to happen to their estate and so they may take the view that they have no need to make a will.
It should be noted that wills are not the only vehicle for transferring a property on death, for example, a title to property can be drafted in such a way that an individual’s share will pass to another on death. Insurance policies and death in service pension nominations are also ways of making provision for family or friends.