April 2017 – “April is the cruellest month” – Burial and Cremation (Scotland ) Act 2016

The quote from T S Eliot’s The Wasteland is hardly cheerful but seems an apt title for the subject matter of this month’s update: burial and cremation. The subject is not entirely topical except that this month is the anniversary … More

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May 2014 – “Legal rights”: where there’s a will there’s not always a way

Introduction and background It is a distinctive feature of Scots law that, on death, a person’s surviving spouse and children have automatic entitlements to a certain cash amount from the deceased’s estate. These entitlements are called “legal rights”. They apply … More

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