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The perils of dying intestate

Succession law in these parts is fairly civilised in that if you die without a will considerable lengths are gone to in order to pass the estate on to a relative.

However, our Swedish friends only allow transmission of an estate to immediate family if one dies intestate, and an unnamed 86-year-old farmer from Umeå has just forfeited SKR 80M or £5.7m.

I feel quite ill.



Meanwhile, in a totally unconnected development, a Dutch court has ruled that one is allowed to use a very distinctive English word beginning with F and ending with K, plus 'you' when addressing a police officer. I don't suppose one would get one's collar felt if one used Dutch profanities to the plod in these parts, so it is nice to see a bit of symmetry.

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Anonymous nick drew said... 12:15 pm

A propos of part 1 above: Inheritance Tax is back in the headlines today (a report out from Scottish Widows) and it might be worth paying careful attention to how Camp Gordo reacts. As discussed before, I reckon scrapping IHT is on his 1st-100-days list.

Just to get the ball rolling: Andrew Neil raised IHT as the first item on Daily Politics just now.

The ScotWid report, BTW, just ups the ante for the political logic on scrapping IHT.  



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