Inheritance Rights of Children
Reid, D. (2010) Inheritance rights of children. Edinburgh Law Review, 14 (2). pp. 318-322. ISSN 1364-9809
5 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2019
Date Written: September 6, 2010
The Scottish Law Commission's recent reform proposals on succession represent an antagonistic treatment of children’s inheritance rights which is out of step with public attitudes towards inheritance (the fact that most parents want their children to inherit), with the reality of family life and its complex web of intergenerational dependence, and with social policy objectives on all sides of the political spectrum. This article examines their effect on Scottish families and argues that if they become law only the children of the wealthiest 2% of the Scottish population will inherit on the death of an intestate parent. This represents a radical legal change.
Keywords: inheritance, succession, children's rights, scots law
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