Below are a range of questions which have been asked at legacy evenings which might be helpful:
Haven’t the majority of people made a will?
Approximately 60% of the population have not made a will.
What happens if a will is contested?
There has to be a reason for a will to be contested, and doing so can also lead to a large legal bill for those who wish to oppose the will.
Is there any way of ensuring a legacy goes to the charitable cause, rather than administration?
They key is to research the charity before putting the legacy in the will. The RSPCA, for example, spend a large proportion of their income on administration. In your will, you can specify what the purpose of your legacy should be used for.
Are we entitled to a legacy if a person dies intestate?
The estate would go to family, or failing there being any family, to the Crown (government).
How do we overcome the belief that the church is rich?
Although the Diocese has around £125 million pounds of assets, approximately £80 million of this is housing for clergy. For 2011 the Diocese will show an approximate deficit of £800,000 and supporting information can be provided by the finance team.
Could this campaign be seen as an intrusion and push people away?
The campaign is not about pushing people to give a legacy, and it is up to the parishes if they wish to be part of the campaign. If they speak to an individual and find that they are uncomfortable with this, then they should not pursue this any further.
What makes a good legacy officer?
Someone who can talk to people on a one-to-one basis, is warm and open and will be willing to ask or learn to ask. They would need to be able to identify the people who may wish to leave a legacy to their Church and be comfortable speaking to them on what can be seen as a sensitive matter.