What to do when someone dies in Scotland

Wills Estates

When someone close to you passes away, be it a friend or family member, the grieving process can make it difficult to try to think clearly and deal with the necessary legal procedures. And that's where we can help you...


It's estimated that around two thirds of adults in the UK don't have a valid will in place. This could be due to a number of reasons, including:

  • The fear of dying and not wanting to think about it
  • Putting it off until they're older
  • Having miconceptions about what happens when you die without a will

Why should you make a will?

A will is a legal document expressing what you want to happen to your assets and possessions when you die. If you pass away without a valid will, it's called dying 'intestate'.

When you die without a will, your assets don't automatically pass to your spouse or next of kin. The courts decided how any assets in your estate will be split up.

Here are three good reasons why you should make a will as soon as possible:

  • Because your wishes may not be carried out otherwise
  • Because nobody knows what's around the corner
  • Because it will make things easier for those you leave behind

If you'd like to know more about writing a will, visit our FAQs page



When someone passes away, it can be difficult to come to terms with. Unfortunately, there are many legal procedures which need to be dealt with in the days and weeks after.

There are a number of important areas we can help you with to make sure things run smoothly:

  • Arranging the funeral
  • Obtaining grant of confirmation (known as probate in England)
  • Winding up the deceased's estate
  • Valuing the estate
  • Determining whether any inheritance tax is payable

In Scots Law, it's the job of the executor to administer the estate when someone has passed away.

There are many details to be considered in each of the areas listed above. We can guide you through the process from beginning to end to give you peace of mind at a difficult time.

Contact us now to receive a reliable, affordable service.