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Charitable Gifts By Will: A Choice of Approaches

Francesca Quint examines several important considerations for those of your clients who are intending to provide a gift to charity upon their death

1 January 1997

Charitable Gifts By Will
A Choice of Approaches

Francesca Quint examines several important considerations for those of your clients who are intending to provide a gift to charity upon their death

It has always been quite natural for an intending testator to think about including a charitable bequest in his or her will. (Except that I prefer "testator" to "testatrix", I am going to use the feminine form in the rest of this article because women make more charitable gifts than men.) It used to be said that one third of a person's estate should be left to God, or to charity, and this was not merely the propaganda of a hungry Church but reflected a genuine benevolence on the part of those contemplating a future in which they would play no active part. In more recent times substantial testamentary gifts to charity have had a bad press, as indicating a Victorian desire to "cut out" one's relatives on the ground of some supposed misdemeanour. The wor...

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