Intestacy in Scotland: Understanding Scottish succession rules

Title ResearchBy Legal Futures Associate Title Research

The rules of intestacy in Scotland are led by the Succession (Scotland) Act 1964; the act details how a Deceased’s estate should be divided when a Will hasn’t been prepared.

Legal professionals should be aware of the Scottish succession rules, which differ from those in England & Wales, to avoid the scenario of distributing incorrectly. Title Research’s latest blog explores the topic by covering:

  • Prior rights, legal rights, and free estate
  • What is ultimus haeres?
  • Who doesn’t benefit under intestacy rules in Scotland?
  • How Title Research can help resolve Scottish intestacy cases

Click here to read the blog.

Title Research provides a range of genealogical research and asset repatriation services for legal professionals. Their services are designed to streamline the estate administration process, take the effort out of locating the correct people or assets, and mitigate the risk of future disputes or complications. If you have any questions about genealogical research, asset repatriation, or how you can work with Title Research, call them on 0345 87 27 600 or email


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