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Where there’s a Will, there’s a lawyer. Or is there?

As more and more charities strive to seek legacies, more charities are energetically trying to find solicitors to help run a free or discounted Will service for their supporters. At the same time, new providers are knocking on charity doors saying “We can come to your home to help make your Will” or “you can [...]

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Will Wars or Legacy explosion?

  A summary of this article was published in Fundraising magazine this month The legacy feature in last month’s Fundraising magazine was great and showed that year on year legacy income is growing. However, I found the title of “Will Wars” and “Still Battles to be done” infuriating. We are witnessing a celebratory legacy explosion [...]

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Keep on your toes, keep your eyes and ears open and your fingers crossed, let alone your legs

The world of legacy giving is all over the place – but going up. I have been saying for some time it is like dancing the Hokey Cokey but it seems to be dancing in a fascinating direction. It seems strange to note that the number of medical research legacies has actually decreased over the last [...]

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Legacy giving now – don’t miss the chance of a lifetime

OK, so everything changed in fundraising on 6th July when the Daily Mail hit out at fundraisers and the way they were treating donors. In my view the ensuing tirade of criticism means this is the best opportunity to promote legacy giving in my lifetime. In my view this is the best time to re-balance [...]

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Contested Wills

A great session at the IoF convention: The Great Legacy Debate. Fiona Campbell-White from Wilsons solicitors indicated that the number of contested wills might well fall due to the new legal aid rules: legal aid cannot now be used to contest a Will. The bad news was that she believes that lack of testamentary capacity cases [...]

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