Changes to Wills Notification Service could affect charitable spend on good causes says ILM

first_imgChanges to Wills Notification Service could affect charitable spend on good causes says ILM Tagged with: legacies Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. The Institute of Legacy Management has raised concerns over whether there will be a new Wills Notification Service in place when the Smee & Ford contract expires in under six months.In a statement, the ILM says that no service could have a hugely detrimental effect on charitable spend and the ability of charities to help the good causes they support. Although the legacy income would reach them eventually, accounts for 2019 would be reduced and charities would need to adjust plans for charitable spend accordingly.The ILM has been selected to be a part of the working group that will look at future models and the requirements of the charity sector moving forward.To help establish the needs of its members and the best way to develop a new service, ILM surveyed its members and convened a working group with a range of charities. It says that it is very clear from both the survey and discussions with the working group that a lapse in service will be very detrimental to charities, and that any new service needs to be transitioned in smoothly and be similar in many ways to the existing Smee & Ford service.ILM is now in the process of drafting a submission regarding a new service to the Ministry of Justice, outlining the concerns, which will be completed next week in advance of the first consultation meeting with the MoJ which will take place in early March. Melanie May | 25 February 2019 | News  209 total views,  2 views today  210 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7last_img read more

Connecticut mother missing amid custody battle with estranged husband

first_imgNew Canaan Police Department(NEW CANAAN, Conn.) — Connecticut authorities are searching for a missing mother who is in a custody dispute with her estranged husband over their five children.Jennifer Dulos, 50, was last seen on Friday driving a black Chevrolet Suburban in New Canaan, according to a press release from the New Canaan Police Department. She was reported missing by friends who indicated that they hadn’t heard from her in about 10 hours, and that she had missed several appointments during the day, police said.The last time Dulos contacted her friends was earlier in the day after she dropped her children off at school, according to police. Investigators checked her home on Friday, and her SUV was located in New Caanan later that day, but she was not inside the vehicle, police said. A silver alert was then issued for her.“It’s devastating, a heartbreaking situation,” Carrie Luft, spokeswoman for the family, told ABC News’ Good Morning America in an interview airing Thursday. “We are all incredibly concerned, but very hopeful she will come back to use safe and sound and a great deal of what is keeping everyone going is the outpouring of support from the public.”Dulos had filed for divorce from her husband of 13 years, Fotis Dulos, in 2017, court documents show.A hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday morning regarding the “safety of the children,” who are between the ages 8 and 13, following a motion filed by a court-appointed guardian, the Connecticut Post reported. All five kids are safe with their family, police said.“They miss their mother terribly, but they are doing as well under the circumstances as one could,” Luft said. “Jennifer is an incredibly devoted mother. She is also the most reliable and conscientious person I know. She is never late for anything, she shows up early to everything in her life. I, and her friends and family, know she would never ever disappear voluntarily.”In 2017, Jennifer Dulos filed for an emergency order for full custody of the children, which was denied, according to the Connecticut Post. Dulos and her husband had temporary shared custody of the children until the end of the divorce proceedings.Additional information was not immediately available. Police are asking anyone with information regarding Dulos’ disappearance to come forward. The search is ongoing.“We are all in the same situation of not knowing, but hoping and wishing and praying,” Luft told GMA. “Those thoughts and energy is incredibly important and I want everyone out there to know the family and friends are incredibly grateful for that support.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

A better surveillance system for tracking police homicides

first_imgOfficial counts of homicides by police seriously undercount incidents, according to a study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, but a relatively new national data system, currently in use in 32 states, could be a crucial tool for gathering more comprehensive information, say the researchers.The study, which was published online March 17, 2016 in the American Journal of Public Health, found that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) provided more complete and accurate data on police homicides compared with two other national data systems.“The U.S. is trying to get a handle on police homicides, but how do we learn which policies best prevent these deaths and protect police if we can’t even get an accurate count of them?” said Catherine Barber of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center (HICRC) at Harvard Chan School. “The NVDRS could be the best solution to this vexing problem.”Counts of homicides by police are currently tracked by two official national data sources: the CDC’s National Vital Statistics System and Supplementary Homicide Reports (SHRs) from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports System. But these data sources each rely on a single source—death certificates for the CDC’s system and voluntary police reporting for the FBI’s system—and the study suggests that each undercounts police homicides by as much as half. In addition, the extent of undercounting varies greatly by state, making comparisons among states and municipalities unreliable. Read Full Storylast_img read more