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Can you take from the Church?

Helen Freely takes a look at the potentially taboo issue of contesting charitable donations gifted to the Church of England in a will

14 November 2014

More and more often we hear stories of families excluded by a will and thus seeking to challenge it. This frequently results in family members encountering donations to charitable organisations, yet, to my knowledge, very few of these contestations involve the Church of England. This is despite the fact that charitable gifts make up a large part
of church funds.

According to statistics reported in 2012, parishes in the country raised a record £929m for the Church of England from a combination of investments, legacies and donations. In 2007, £1.5bn was left to charities in wills, and statistics from a survey conducted by AXA in 2004 showed that 9 per cent of retired people and 8 per cent of working age people in Britain would consider leaving a part of their estate to a ch...

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