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Is it a Sign of the Times that Prince Died Intestate?

Posted by on April 27th 2016 in Blog Posts, Private Client

Is it a Sign of the Times that Prince Died Intestate?

It has been reported in the worldwide press, that when the late music superstar Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson filed probate documents with the Carver County District Court in Minnesota yesterday, that she could not produce a valid will in his name and therefore, it is believed, that he died intestate.

With a persona famous for exercising a tight control over his name, image, recordings and a music catalogue estimated on his death to be worth over $500 million with a reported 2.3 million songs and 580,000 albums sold since then; it is clear that Prince leaves behind an enormously complicated estate...

Kitsons Joins Exeter Dementia Action Alliance

Posted by on April 20th 2016 in Kitsons News, Press Releases, Private Client

Kitsons Joins Exeter Dementia Action Alliance

Devon law firm Kitsons is working towards becoming a dementia friendly firm and has joined the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance.

Kitsons, which has offices in Exeter, Torquay and Plymouth, is the latest member to join the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance, which works to reduce stigma and misconceptions surrounding dementia, by raising local awareness and offering regular dementia information sessions.  The alliance has 44 organisational members including Exeter University, RD&E Hospital, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Waitrose.

To enhance the experience of clients when engaging with Kitsons’ legal services, and as part of the firm’s corporate responsibility towards employees, 93...

Disability Discrimination - Update

Posted by on April 20th 2016 in Blog Posts, Employment

Disability Discrimination - Update

The topic of disability discrimination has once again found itself in the media following the recent reporting of a claim by former Newcastle United player Jonas Gutierrez.

The 32 year old has sued the club for approximately £2 million, on the basis that he had been subjected to detrimental treatment following his diagnosis with testicular cancer in October 2013.

Cancer is deemed to be a disability for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010 and the Act protects not only those who have a disability, but those who have had a disability in the past.

Gutierrez claimed that the club saw him...

The 5 Day Conveyance

Posted by on April 6th 2016 in Blog Posts, Property

The 5 Day Conveyance

Due to the rise in stamp duty for second home and buy to let properties on 1st April, Kitsons saw a huge rise in conveyances going through by 31st March.  One particular transaction took just 5 days to process. 

The property in question was a holiday let in Cornwall and was being sold to an investor.  As a previous client of Kitsons, we used our facility of scanned history documents from the database to collect the searches and relevant information to complete in the record time of 5 days.

If you are looking to buy or sell a property, please do not...

Kitsons Achieves Dementia Friendly Status

Posted by on April 4th 2016 in Blog Posts, Kitsons News, Private Client

Kitsons is supporting the Alzheimer's Society Dementia Friends programme, which is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.

To further enhance the experience of clients when engaging with our legal services and as part of our corporate responsibility towards our employees, 93 Kitsons staff attended a Dementia Friends Information Session at Torquay, after our AGM. This was to hear Marjorie Creek one of our private client solicitors and a Registered Nurse (Adult) talk about...

Exeter Chamber of Commerce Launches New Website

Posted by on March 22nd 2016 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

(Above from left to right: Jon Whiley, Cameron Caverhill and Derek Phillips at the launch event for Exeter Chamber's new website) 

Exeter Chamber of Commerce is very excited to announce the launch of their newly designed website.

Over 80 delegates attended the launch event this week at the Southgate Hotel, and Chamber members and guests were able to see the official unveiling of the new website.

David Savill, Chairman of Exeter Chamber of Commerce said: "As the leading business membership organisation in Exeter, it’s important for us to make sure information regarding business, industry and commerce in...

Kitsons Expand Corporate Team With Appointment

Posted by on March 9th 2016 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Following growth in corporate business over the last year, leading Devon law firm Kitsons has recruited an Associate to meet client demand.  

Corri Pedrick has joined Kitsons’ Corporate Team, previously having worked in Litigation and Compliance. Corri will be advising on a range of issues for clients including commercial contracts, partnerships and business purchases and sales.

Corri has particular interest in commercial drafting and with a strong background in Litigation she is particularly skilled at assessing risk within commercial agreements.

Speaking about her new role, Corri Pedrick said: “I am very pleased to be joining Kitsons’ Corporate Team to help with their...

Kitsons Appoint New Commercial Property Partner

Posted by on February 24th 2016 in Kitsons News, Press Releases

Matthew Bryant

Devon law firm Kitsons has appointed renowned Commercial Property specialist, Matthew Bryant, as a Partner in its Plymouth office.

The appointment complements an already successful and highly experienced team which is able to advise on every aspect of commercial property.

Matthew will specialise in freehold sales and purchases; 1954 Act business tenancy lease renewals; small business (asset) sales and purchases and transfers of going concerns especially in the retails and leisure sectors; sales and purchase of development sites for residential and commercial development; and general landlord and tenant and property advice.  

Matthew, a former Associate Solicitor at Nash & Co, has vast...

Unreasonable Financial Provision?

Posted by on February 22nd 2016 in Contentious Probate

Unreasonable Financial Provision?

Claims made under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 always have a high human interest factor and none more so when they are both high-profile and high-value, such as the claim by Thandi Wooldridge against the estate of her late husband, building tycoon Ian Wooldridge. 

Mr Wooldridge died in a helicopter crash in 2010, reportedly leaving an estate valued at £10 million.  Out of this, Mrs Wooldridge received the family home of Glanfield Manor in Surrey (valued at £4.25 million) and other assets valued at around £1.6 million. 

However, Mrs Wooldridge then made a claim for a further £3.75...

The Rowcroft Hospice Sleep Walk 2016

Posted by on February 1st 2016 in Kitsons News

The Rowcroft Hospice Sleep Walk 2016

Kitsons Solicitors are delighted to announce our renewal of shirt sponsorship for the Rowcroft Hospice Sleep Walk 2016.

This extremely popular event will take to the streets of Torbay on Saturday 9th July 2016, with around 2,000 ladies taking part in aid of raising money for this fantastic local charity. Each year the 5-10 mile routes seem to grow in demand and this year is no different, with 800 ladies already signed up in just over 2 weeks!

Kitsons will be entering a team of around 8 walkers for the event, raising as much as we can on the way. Training walks are now fully...