Scottish Will – Pre-decease of Beneficiary

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A Will in Scotland leaves a property in equal shares to A and B (no mention of failing to their issue). B has predeceased the testator but has one child.

I can see that in England Section 33(1) of the Wills Act would mean B's child would be entitled to B's share of the property, but I can't find if that would be the same in Scotland.  My research so far suggests the value of B's half of the property would become part of the residue (which does mention failing to their issue) - Can anyone clarify the correct position?  BTW, I have looked through the Succession (Scotland) Act but still not sure!
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  • theoretica
    theoretica Posts: 12,348 Forumite
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    Is B a child or grandchild of the testator?  If so, I believe their share does go to their child unless the will specifically says otherwise.

    But a banker, engaged at enormous expense,
    Had the whole of their cash in his care.
    Lewis Carroll
  • ev51
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    B was a child of the testator.  I'm still not 100% sure as 6.1 (b) is not met (B was not alive when the will was executed), so Section 6 does not apply?
  • theoretica
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    I am pretty sure executed here means when the will was written and signed, not when it was put into action - confusing that the language gets used both ways.
    But a banker, engaged at enormous expense,
    Had the whole of their cash in his care.
    Lewis Carroll
  • GSS20
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    If a beneficiary predeceases the testator then the direct descendants inherit instead. 
  • user1977
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    I am pretty sure executed here means when the will was written and signed, not when it was put into action - confusing that the language gets used both ways.
    Yes, executing a Will (or any other deed) just means signing it, nothing to do with the executor's job.
  • buddy9
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    edited 25 May 2023 at 9:17PM
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    Section 6 of the Succession (Scotland) Act 2016 will apply only if the will is dated (executed) 1 November 2016 or later. If the will is earlier than this, then the potential for B’s issue to inherit falls within a previous rule of construction, the ‘conditio si institutus sine liberis decesserit’.

    (I presume the property in question is heritage and legitim is not relevant)
  • ev51
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    The will was signed in 2010 and the property is heritage. The residuary will be split equally between A and B's child, but A would receive more overall if the half property value falls to residue is my understanding.
  • Keep_pedalling
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    ev51 said:
    The will was signed in 2010 and the property is heritage. The residuary will be split equally between A and B's child, but A would receive more overall if the half property value falls to residue is my understanding.
    If A is uncomfortable with that outcome they can always make a deed of variation giving B’s child more.
  • buddy9
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    ev51 said:
    The will was signed in 2010 and the property is heritage. The residuary will be split equally between A and B's child, but A would receive more overall if the half property value falls to residue is my understanding.
    On the basis of the information you give, the half property value would not fall into residue.
  • ev51
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    Thanks buddy9. Can you point me towards the section of the Act that covers this scenario?
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