New service for charitable bequests to be established

A new system alerting charities to when they have been left money in wills is to be established by HM Courts and Tribunals Service following a decision to end its current arrangement.

Charity representatives are being invited to help establish a new service that delivers a sustainable and efficient arrangement for the sector.

The move follows a decision to end HMCTS’ current arrangement with Smee & Ford, a private company, which has provided a paid-for notification service to participating charities for several years. While this was established in good faith, HMCTS has since found that it is not consistent with the department’s legal duties.

Further information, including a copy of the open letter sent to charities, can be found on the GOV.UK website.