The Practical Lawyer

Wills, probate and administration

Charities – Register of Mergers

The Register of Mergers set up under the Charities Act 2006 should be the perfect solution for charities that have merged to protect future gifts. But in some instances, reliance could be an expensive mistake.

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Wills – foreign

Take care to avoid any overlap between an English will and any foreign will. Although a will may be formally valid and admissible to probate it can still be invalid in terms of bequests if it is contrary to the law of the country to which it relates.

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Two new powers conferred on The Charities Commission by the Charities Act 2006 could lead indirectly to removal from the register. First, there is a new power to give specific directions for the protection of a charity which the Commission considers to be expedient in the interests of the charity.

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