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I have been asked to become a Trustee for a dog rescue centre

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I have been asked to become a Trustee for a dog rescue centre I volunteer for.
Unfortunately this charity is in debt due to previous finance officer embezzling the funds.
Currently under police investigation
Don't know yet exact sum but I believe it to be about £50,000.
New management in situ. Some of debt already paid off.
If I accept am I liable for these debts?
Not in a position to risk my finances.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 2 years ago.
Hello,
If you are worried about your personal assets, my advise would be to turn down the offer and not become a Trustee as there is a possibility that you could be drawn into litigation involving the debts of this unincorporated charity.
The final decision would lie with the courts as to whether or not you are personally liable as a civil matter. You would not be liable criminally as you were not involved in the fraud by the previous officer.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Would Trustee Indemnity Insurance be of help? I had nothing to do with fraud.
Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 2 years ago.
Yes, but you should make sure that you are covered in the event that a claim is made against you personally for any debt of the charity.
You need to explain your needs to the insurer or the brokers and obtain the correct cover.
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