Charities in £340k legacy dispute

Four charities, including the Dogs Trust, are involved in a dispute over a will by Tracey Leaning, who died from cancer in 2015

- This story was corrected on 22 August 2017; please see final paragraph

Four charities, including the Dogs Trust, are involved in a dispute over a £340,000 will after the charities were cut out of the final estate, according to media reports.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper has reported today that Dogs Trust, World Animal Protection, Friends of the Animals and Heart Research UK are involved in a dispute over a will by Tracey Leaning, who died from cancer in 2015.

The newspaper says that Leaning had written a will in 2007 that left her property and money to the charities, worth an estimated £340,000.

But following her diagnosis in 2014, Leaning wrote another will, which was handwritten and witnessed by a neighbour, that left her house, belongings and savings to her partner, Richard Guest, the newspaper says.

The newspaper reports that Guest met Leaning between the completion of the first and second wills, and has offered the charities £60,000 and the house in trust to settle the case.

The Dogs Trust was unable to provide a comment before Third Sector’s deadline.

- The story originally said the charities were challenging the will at the High Court but no proceedings have been issued

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