Donations to charities 'no longer being put in wills'
Published 23/07/2016 | 02:30
People are removing charity donations from their wills in the wake of the scandal at Console, according to a solicitor specialising in the area.
Probate lawyer Susan Murphy said people have been rebuffing her when she enquires if they wish to add a legacy donation to a charity.
She said there's been a clear pattern since it emerged how funds were misused by former Console chief Paul Kelly. "I would have promoted charitable legacies and asked if there was a charity the clients would like to give to," she said.
"Now people have been saying to me: 'No way, are you crazy?'
"People just won't consider it any more."
Ms Murphy explained how usually around one in five of her clients would leave a legacy donation to charity.
However, since the story about Console broke, not a single client has told her to include such a donation.