The HM Courts & Tribunals Service announced they are changing its system for alerting charities when money has been left to them in someone's Will.

A new service is meant to be in place by the end of July, but charities have expressed their disappointment with a lack of detail about these plans. The Institute of Legacy Management (ILM) warned that charities could face delays in accessing tens of millions of pounds as a result of these changes.

Speaking at the ILM conference last month Ed Owen director of communications at HM Courts and Tribunals Service offered reassurance that the sector would be listened to. He said an interim arrangement for the notification service would buy time for a longer term solution.

Those who leave a legacy to a charity in their Will they may wish to consider notifying the charity themselves, especially if a sufficient system is not in place soon.

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