As a Professional Executor I often come across charities very demanding expectations in relation to the administration of estate and how fast funds are to be released to them.
When assisting my clients as Executors themselves it is becoming increasingly common for Executors to be so upset at this practice that it results in them deciding against leaving charitable legacies in their Wills.
Surely it's time for charities to reconsider how they manage their legacies, as their present stance often reduces the prospects of future, similar legacies.
Charities are trawling through public records of wills so that they can chase bereaved relatives for gifts, an investigation by The Times has found. The practice, which helps them to claim the estimated £2 billion a year they are left in bequests, emerged after a grieving daughter was sent a letter by the RSPCA asking whether her father was dead yet.