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Betsy Merritt is Assistant Legal Counsel at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where she has been responsible for the National Trust`s legal defense program for 25 years. Elaine Chang is the Legal Coordinator of the Legal Department of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She works closely with National Trust lawyers to provide administrative support to the legal, contractual and easement teams of the proposed fundraising service, as well as the real estate donation program. Elaine received a B.A. with Honours in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington. In limited cases, where defence of interests alone is not enough, litigation may be the only alternative. In this case, the National Trust may decide to provide legal assistance as an amicus curiae or friend of the court. As such, the National Trust files a legal brief with a court, which typically provides a broader legal understanding of a particular right of preservation or provides a national perspective for a court. In more limited situations, with the assistance of a pro bono lawyer, the National Trust can either file its own lawsuit or join an existing lawsuit as an additional party. In the year ending February 2020, the Trust had 5.95 million members (2.78 million memberships).

[1] Members are entitled to free admission to trust properties that are open to the public for a fee. [23] There is a separate organization called the Royal Oak Foundation for American Supporters. [28] The Trust is governed by a Board of Directors (composed of nine to fifteen members) appointed and overseen by a Board composed of eighteen persons elected by the members of the Trust and eighteen persons appointed by other organisations whose work is related to that of the Trust, such as the Soil Association, the Royal Horticultural Society and the Council for British Archaeology. Members regularly vote for organizations that can nominate half of the Board. Members may also submit motions and vote on them at the General Assembly. [21] [22] • Visit the Bequeathed website and follow the steps to register. • Complete the online questionnaire to create a draft of your will. • Attend a free appointment by phone or video call at home or office lasting up to 30 minutes with an accredited law firm to verify that the will meets your wishes. • Once the process is complete, the law firm will mail or digitally to you your will so you can sign and testify to it, and you can return it for secure storage at no extra cost. People with autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, and multiple disabilities are in a special situation because even after the age of 18, they are not always able to live their own lives or make legal decisions for their own improvement.

Therefore, they may require someone to represent their interests in areas of law throughout their lives. However, in cases of cerebral palsy and multiple disabilities, limited guardianship may be required due to the availability of empowerment mechanisms and/or scientific facilities that allow these individuals to work with varying degrees of independence. The National Trust has partnered with a number of legal services to help you draft or amend your will free of charge. Learn more about this invaluable service and find out which free will writing option is right for you. While there is no obligation, we hope you will consider leaving a legacy to the National Trust to maintain the country`s most beloved buildings and landscapes forever for all. The National Trust Acts give the Trust the sole legal power to declare land inalienable. This prevents the sale or mortgage of the land against the will of the trust without special parliamentary procedure. Treuhandland`s inalienability was annulled by Parliament in the case of plans to build a section of the Plympton bypass through Saltram Park on the grounds that the road project had been known before Saltram Park was declared inalienable. [3]: 215-216 Anne Nelson holds a B.A. in History from Boston College and a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law. She was admitted to the Pennsylvania and District of Columbia Bars.

As Senior Associate General Counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC, she provides a wide range of legal services to the organization, including corporate legal services and advocacy for the protection of historic resources at the federal, state, and local levels. Her corporate work is focused on supporting the National Trust`s portfolio of historic sites – currently focusing on COVID-19 issues, but also helping historic sites expand their programs and community engagement through collaborations with artists and other innovative agreements and partnerships. For the past two years, Anne has led the National Trust`s efforts to protect the Ashley River Historic District – a 23,000-acre cultural landscape in Charleston, South Carolina, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Using various legal and advocacy tools, the National Trust is working with a coalition of local conservation and conservation partners to secure additional protection for this iconic site. Anne also regularly participates in Section 106 National Historic Preservation Act reviews, works to defend and strengthen local ordinances, and regularly lectures on various historic preservation issues across the country. She is also a lecturer at Goucher College. In 1920, the Trust lost the last of its three founders, Rawnsley. The Trust`s 5,000 hectares of land in the Lake District have been expanded with donations in his memory, including part of the Great Wood on Derwentwater.

In 1923, literary critic John Bailey became president of the trust. 205846). It was incorporated as a benevolent corporation in 1895, but was later re-established by a private Act of Parliament, the National Trust Act 1907. Subsequent Acts passed by Parliament between 1919 and 1971 amended and expanded the powers and functions of the Trust. The management of the trust was changed by the Charities (National Trust) Order 2005. [4] On 28 September 2021, members of the National Trust`s legal department presented legal mechanisms for protecting historic resources, including constitutional issues related to state regulation of historic properties, conservation easements, and federal, state, and local heritage protection laws.