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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. Getty Images/iStockphoto
People are removing charity donations from their wills in the wake of the scandal at Console. Getty Images/iStockphoto

People are removing charity donations from their wills in the wake of the scandal at Console, according to a solicitor specialising in the area.

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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.

Irish Independent

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