How can charitable gifts make an estate work harder for all beneficiaries?

Raising £4 billion annually*, charitable gifts in Wills are crucial to sustaining a wide range of good causes and services – from hospices and homeless shelters to mental health helplines, emergency rescues, and more. In a challenging economic environment, and as these essential services face an ever-increasing demand, this income has never been more valued […]

Firm celebrates £500k support for cancer research

A York-based law firm is celebrating 2 milestones in its effort to raise money for Cancer Research UK. RG Law has hit 7 years service with over £500,000 of legacy gifts for the cancer charity.  RG Law have been participating in Cancer Research UK’s Free Wills Service since 2016, which enables people to write their […]

Only 46% of over 40’s have a Will

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Only 46% of over 40’s have a Will according to research conducted by Remember a Charity, released in conjunction with Remember a Charity week which concludes on Sunday 17th September. The poll showed that around 60% of UK adults have not yet written their Will; a statistic which remains largely unchanged in recent years. As […]

Changing attitudes to charity fuels increase in legacies

Consumer research conducted by Remember a Charity has revealed a steady rise in the number of people choosing to leave a legacy in their Will. 20% of UK charity supporters aged 40+ say they have left a legacy in their Will, compared to 14% 10 years ago; an increase of 43%. Other findings include One in […]

How the Charities Act 2022 will reduce red tape for the legacy sector

This Spring and Autumn will see the implementation of two parts of the Charities Act 2022, both of which will be pertinent to solicitors and legacy professionals involved in trusts and wills within the charity sector. Peter Jeffreys, a Partner at Wilsons Solicitors LLP (a corporate partner of the Institute of Legacy Management) explains the […]

ShareGift: solving the problem of small shareholdings within estates


Small shareholdings within estates can be tricky and time-consuming to resolve. Whilst larger holdings may be readily sold for the benefit of the estate, the value in small shareholdings can be far outweighed by the costs involved in lodging legal paperwork with the registrars and subsequent stockbroking commission. Many estates will still hold physical share […]

Farewill raises £600m through legacy giving since 2015

Farewill has announced that they have raised over £600m in pledged legacy gifts to charitable causes since 2015.  The Haggerston-based start up is redefining legacy fundraising through innovative technology, sector-leading insight platforms and a first-class partner and supporter experience. Dan Garrett, CEO and co-founder of Farewill, explains: “As the UK’s largest will writer, we have […]

Legacy income growing at “rapid rate”

Legacy income growing at "rapid rate"

New data from the UK’s Legacy Monitor for the last 12 months to the end of March 2022, shows that legacy income is continuing to grow at a rapid rate, rising 15% over the previous 12 months. After a drop in 2021, caused largely by continued delays in probate administration and the effects of the […]

Highest number of charities named in wills in over a decade

Highest number of charities named in wills in over a decade

New Smee & Ford data shows highest number of charities named in wills in over a decade. Smee & Ford’s annual Legacy Trends Report reveals that 10,670 unique charitable organisations were named in wills in 2021, the highest number on record. As the graph below shows, usually between 9,500-10,000 charities are mentioned in wills each […]

Remember A Charity appoints Lucinda Frostick as new director  

Remember A Charity has announced the appointment of Lucinda Frostick as its new director, to lead the 200-strong charity consortium in its aim to grow the legacy market and normalise gifts in Wills.   Since its inception Remember A Charity has lobbied government and the legal sector, and communicated with the Will-writing public through a mix of consumer advertising, marketing, public affairs and […]

Charities Act 2022 implementation plan published

Charities Act 2022 implementation plan published

The DCMS has published its implementation plan for the Charities Act 2022 which received Royal Assent in February. Implementation is expected to take place in three phases; Autumn 2022, Spring 2023 and Autumn 2023 which could have consequences for estate planners. The implementation of changes to the Act is not a major overhaul of charity law, but will introduce […]

Podcast: IDR Law “let’s talk charity legacy”

Podcast: "let’s talk charity legacy" from IDR Law

Hannah Brittain, IDR Law’s Head of Charity Legacy Disputes sat down with Matthew Lagden, CEO of ILM to have a candid chat about all things legacy related covering everything from the basics, such as what legacies are and why they matter, who ILM are and what their members do and why, through to common issues […]

22% of wills made through legal advisers include charitable bequest

22% of wills made through legal advisers include charitable bequest

New figures released today show that solicitors and Will-writers are playing an increasingly important role in charitable Will-writing, with more than 1 in 5 Wills handled by UK legal advisers (22%) now including a donation to charity. The Savanta Will-writing survey, commissioned by Remember A Charity, reveals that 7 in 10 solicitors and Will-writers (71%) always or sometimes alert clients to the Inheritance Tax […]

Helping your clients choose a charity to support when writing a will

Charity Choice is the UK’s leading charity directory. We’re pleased to provide you with a free, digital edition of our 2022 Charity Choice directory. This year, we’ve compiled our three directories (England & Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland) together into one easy-to-use digital book, with each region listed in its own separate section. We hope […]

IDR Law: charitable legacies with Hannah Brittain


In the second of our two-part series focusing on developments and initiatives at specialist contentious wills and probate firm IDR Law, Today’s Wills and Probate had an in-depth discussion with Hannah Brittain, head of IDR’s charity legacy disputes, to discuss why the firm has turned more attention to charitable legacies and common issues that can […]

Charities “miss out on £940 million tax relief”


Hard-pressed charities could be missing out on over £940 million a year as generous donors fail to claim tax relief on the money they give, new research from Handelsbanken Wealth Management & Asset Management shows. Charity Commission data shows 60% of organisations have suffered a drop in income during the pandemic. The nationwide study found […]

Legacy Fundraising Virtual Conference

Legacy Fundraising

The future for legacy giving is bright with legacy income forecast to more than double in real terms by 2050. And no longer just to the benefit of the really big charities; legacy giving is growing at the grassroots, with thousands of small and local causes receiving legacy gifts for the first time. Legacy Futures talked […]

Collaborative legacy management transforms lives

As a legacy professional who previously worked as a private client solicitor, I read with interest the recent articles about how best to approach the inclusion of a gift to a charity within a client’s will. During my time in private practice, I worked in three different firms and witnessed the varying approaches taken to […]

Working with charities- a legacy administrator’s perspective

Within charities, legacy officers are aware that we can be seen to be ‘difficult’ beneficiaries. My view is that this is almost always down to poor communication on both sides, and I also firmly believe that as a professional legacy administrator, it is my job to ensure clarity and a mutually respectful relationship between the […]

Legacy notifications to reach record numbers in 21/22

Legacy Foresight have compiled their latest Legacy Market Briefing 2021 to the sector following the latest benchmarking and analysis of legacy giving in the UK via their Legacy Monitor Consortium. The report shares top-line findings and analysis for UK legacy giving now and in the years ahead, highlighting key trends and implications for fundraisers. This […]