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  • April 2017

  • A principle worth defending

    Chris Millward, chief executive at the Institute of Legacy Management, discusses why the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on Ilott v Blue Cross and others is important to us all. Exercising her testamentary right to freely dispose of her assets, in 2004 Melita Jackson died leaving her entire estate to charity. Conscious of events of the […]

  • Which words have the most influence in legacy marketing?

    Words matter.  Several popular internet memes highlight humorous results when English signs in non-English speaking locations almost get the message right.  One sign warns customers, “shoplifters will be shot 100 times the value of the stolen item.” Another instructs those using a computer port to, “please insert furiously.”  Aside from these humorous miscommunications, words can […]

  • March 2017

  • Let’s SWOT

    My brain is having a bit of a problem. It is lacking clarity of focus. This is not due to ageing (yet!), alcohol, fatigue, boredom, lack of interest or enthusiasm. It is due to the number of issues facing us all in the world of the dead giveaway. I do not want you become depressed. […]

  • When is a million pounds not a million pounds? The new residence nil-rate band

    The inheritance tax rules are changing. From 6 April 2017, there will be a new residence nil-rate band (RNRB), but not every estate will be able to claim it, so it is worth finding out whether it will apply to you. The Office for Budget Responsibility estimated that 45,100 families will have to pay inheritance […]

  • A legacy of hope at Brain Tumour Research

    Two things have struck me since I joined Brain Tumour Research.  First, the vast number of people touched by this cause: brain tumours are indiscriminate and can affect anyone but they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. And second, the tremendous generosity of our supporters, who give […]

  • Giving young people a future

    I was lucky to have a stable, loving upbringing. My siblings and I received a good education and were supported to have successful careers. But through the charity work my mother did supporting disadvantaged children in East Anglia where I grew up, I saw from a young age that not every young person was as […]

  • February 2017

  • Helping fulfil donors’ final wishes

    Gifts left in Wills raised an incredible £2.54 billion for charities in the UK in 2015.[i] But once these generous donations have been made, what happens to them? Specialist staff within charities ensure that all gifts are dealt with sensitively and professionally and, most importantly, that they have the greatest possible impact on the charity’s […]

  • Your Will, your way

    The Oxford English Dictionary defines a person’s last Will and Testament in the following terms: “A legal document containing instructions as to what should be done with one’s money and property after one’s death.” It’s a black and white definition which conjures up a level of solemn seriousness.  After all we are talking about “documents” […]

  • Shaping the future of cystic fibrosis

    In 2011, my husband and I were shocked by the news that our three week old baby Ellie had been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Although Ellie had an early arrival into the world, as two unknown carriers of a cystic fibrosis gene we had no idea about the future that lay ahead for our little girl. […]

  • Making waves after you die

    Working within the Legacy department of a local hospice means I have been witness to a very specific type of experience. It usually happens when you mention the words “make a Will”. Whether you are speaking to fellow events fundraisers, nurses, or supporters, you have crossed a line. You have made them think about “that […]

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