Russell-Cooke's Roger Ford acted in the administration of the Estate of Benjamin Alun Williams. Mr Williams left £80,000 in legacies to a Welsh medium school and a Boys and Girls Club in the Rhondda region of Wales, despite moving away from the area over 60 years ago. The legacies came as a complete surprise to the organisations concerned, and have subsequently sparked an interest in the life of Mr Williams in the region leading to an appeal for information about his life. This story has gained national media coverage.
One challenge for the Russell-Cooke team was to correctly identify the school Mr Williams attended after many changes in the intervening years.
Mr Williams' residuary estate was left to three charities: Imperial Cancer Research Fund, Fight For Sight and the Royal National Institute For the Deaf. Russell-Cooke was able to advise on appropriation of the late Mr Williams' property prior to sale and the implications of such a sale by a single bare trustee selling for residuary beneficial charities. Mary Cheves of the Charity Team assisted with the sale of the property.
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