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According to Remember A Charity, 2015 was the most successful year in the consortium’s history, with 17% of UK adults reporting that they have included a charitable legacy in their will.

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It was recently reported (available here) that as much as £1 billion will be abandoned in bank accounts this year by people who fail to leave a Will. The news article highlights that where a person dies without a Will, the rules of intestacy – the legal formula for distributing property when there is no Will – dictate that the bank must freeze their assets until a beneficiary is found. In turn, the fact that a significant amount of money may be left in a bank may lead to some argument among surviving members about what they think you would have wanted and are entitled to.

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A lengthy court battle over the estate of a wealthy Spanish aristocrat has finally come to an end, reports The Telegraph.

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A high-profile former lawyer in Edinburgh, who sadly passed away earlier this year, has left behind an estate worth over £26 million, reports the Scotsman.

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An important archive comprising Lucian Freud’s sketchbooks, drawings and letters has been acquired by the nation from the estate of Lucian Freud through the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme. The archive has been permanently allocated to the National Portrait Gallery.

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