Before getting involved in a charity’s will scheme, make sure this is part of a focused plan on both sides, says Gary Rycroft

For many charities it seems charity begins not at home but in a solicitor’s office. With many in the charity sector seriously worried that the increase in Probate Court fees which the government intends to bring forth in April (note at the time of writing the details have yet to be announced), there will be more pressure than ever on charity fundraisers to promote will writing. The fear is that the fee increase would proportionately reduce the money available for charitable gifts. Hence a proposal in an open letter to the Ministry of Justice by the Institute of Legacy Management, Remember a Charity and the Institute of Fundraisers, among others, that estates where there is a will which includes charitable gifts should get a discoun...

Gary Rycroft
Joseph A Jones & Co LLP

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