Elinore P. Drummond, Armadale
I, a married lifelong wife and companion of 40 years, am classed lower in the family unit than blood siblings. We were unaware of this law; we assumed as there were no children one would inherit the other’s. As there are 69 per cent of Scots in this country who don’t have a will, they, like us, probably assume the same.
When will they be acknowledged and given their rightful place and the justice they deserve? No person should be allowed to come before a surviving childless spouse. Who has more right to the estate, the lifetime spouse or elderly blood siblings who we were never socially involved with in 38 years? Yet they are allowed to walk away with financially, more than I receive. I didn’t suddenly lose my husband and soul mate, I’ve suddenly been deprived of my life because of this.
I also, because of claims on the estate, lose all my rights to the “spouse inheritance tax allowances”. I’m a 13th generation Scot who has no rights available to me, to appeal or contest the injustice of this unfair law. That’s not the “Scotland governed by the wishes of the people” that I thought we had.
How long must it be under review, discussed, consulted, or whatever other reasons that are given? A report from 1990 recommends “that the surviving childless spouse should inherit the whole estate”. Subsequent recommendations proposed the same, word for word. Yet, to date, nothing has been done.
Who in the Parliament and Government is responsible for ensuring it’s progressed in a timely fashion towards a conclusion and [will] not be overlooked or forgotten about as it has been over decades, because of more highprofile issues?
Why is it that most Commonwealth countries have been able to have this right to the childless spouse in place? They inherit the whole estate. If they can implement it, why is it our justice system can’t; why don’t they take advice from them? Surely it’s the same issue?
How many more Scots have been affected by this law? I would be interested in finding out how many; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org