This headline is becoming a regular occurrence.
Whist the Charities do have a duty to ensure that they receive such legacies as are intended for them, it is clear that they do themselves no favours to the general public when these cases reach the public domain.
Such challenges are commonly now being referred to by our clients as concerns when considering whether or not to leave a charitable legacy in their Will.
Time for a rethink of policy, perhaps?
Before she died in 2012, Mrs Whelen was said to have pledged to leave her home, Tiltyard Cottage, near Hampton Court Palace, to Mrs Turner. But Marie Curie Cancer Care, the Royal Institute of Cancer Care, and the Royal National Institutes of Blind and Deaf People have claimed Mrs Whelan prepared a will in 1982 which left her fortune to them. They are fighting Mrs Turner’s son, Alan, who insists the 1999 will - which left the majority of her £2million fortune to Hazel – is legitimate.