Friday 6th May marked the long-awaited ILM (Institute of Legacy Managers) conference in two years. With the event being cancelled due to the pandemic it was refreshing to be back in a room, chatting, mingling and sipping on some seriously juicy smoothies with a mix of charities, legal suppliers and lawyers.
As we start to raise our profile in the charity legacy area it was absolutely essential that we got ourselves on the attendee list. Recently recruited to head up our Charity Legacy Disputes Team Hannah Brittain (an ILM old timer) headed down to London and took along Lindsay Gibson, our Head of Marketing (an ILM first timer) to check it all out.
The general flow of the day was relaxed yet informative with a string of interesting sessions, that included audience participation, blue sky thinking and the odd ‘slido’ quiz!
Legacy Foresight took to the stage with an insightful overview into the future of legacy giving. Their Economist discussed various scenarios around what the future holds for legacy gifting. The general theme was ‘uncertainty’ which tied in heavily with the future of the economy. Citing issues such as the Russia and Ukraine war, and the effect that will have, as well as the cost of living crisis and soaring energy costs.
They also covered the notion of ‘uncertainty’ when it comes to legacy giving, and dealing with estate administration delays. An increase in bequests is apparent as the number of grants increase from the Probate Registry, whilst this is all good, delays at the HMRC regarding inheritance tax processes can again slow the engine.
However, even when we take all of these scenarios into account, the future for legacy giving still remains bright, with those leaving a gift to charities in their will expecting to double by 2050.
Key takeaways from Hannah coming out of the panel discussions relating to legacy disputes:…
We’ll certainly be back next year (if not just for the smoothies!) and as part of our ongoing mission to break into the legacy area we are very excited that Matthew Lagden, CEO from the ILM will be taking part in the June episode of the IDR Talk podcast.
Hannah will join him covering off some key topics when it comes to charity legacy including:
Going forward we’ll be sharing some of our content with the ILM and them with us, which is great news for our IDRN members. To get us started the institute have sent over a detailed factsheet aimed at professional executors, outlining the information needed from them when dealing with an estate.
Head over to the IDRN > IDRU > FACTSHEETS > CHARITABLE LEGACY ISSUES to download.
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