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Lasting Powers Of Attorney - Are You Covered In Your Lifetime?

Posted by on January 28th 2015 in Blog Posts, Private Client

Last Friday evening on ITV, Money Expert Martin Lewis highlighted the importance of preparing Lasting Powers of Attorney. He talked about what would happen if you lost capacity without putting something in place to ensure that someone trustworthy can step in to manage your financial affairs or act on your behalf concerning your health and welfare.

Everyone knows it is important to make a Will to ensure assets are passed to the beneficiaries of your choice when you die, but what about protecting the assets when you are alive?

Illness or accidents can happen suddenly and without warning.  Common conditions relating to...

Beneficiaries Beware

Posted by on January 27th 2015 in Blog Posts, Private Client

A recent case (Hutchings v HMRC) involving the beneficiary of an estate has highlighted the importance of beneficiaries being open with Executors about gifts. In this particular case the beneficiary, Clayton Hutchings, failed to disclose to the Executors of his Father’s estate that his Father had gifted him around £450,000 from his Swiss bank account to Mr Hutchings’ Swiss account in April 2009. The Executors reportedly asked Mr Hutchings and the other beneficiaries on two separate occasions whether they knew of any gifts made by their father prior to his death and as no disclosures were made the Executors submitted...

Kitsons launch Charity Wills Scheme at Exeter City Football Club

Posted by on January 22nd 2015 in Kitsons News, Private Client

Above: Jamie Vittles, Head of Exeter City Football in the Community (left) with Charlie Siegle, Associate at Kitsons (right) at Exeter City Football Club.

Devon law firm Kitsons has teamed up with Exeter City Football Club to offer supporters of Exeter City the opportunity to make or update their Will, in return for a donation to the Club’s charity arm, Football in the Community.

Through the scheme, for every new Will completed by the Private Client Team at Kitsons Solicitors in Exeter, the firm will donate a proportion of its fees for those Wills...

The Consumer Rights Bill

Posted by on January 20th 2015 in Blog Posts

The Consumer Rights Bill is considered to be the centrepiece of the UK's consumer law reform.  It is intended to reform and consolidate much of consumer law in the UK, and is the most extensive consumer law reform in the UK in decades. It is expected to come into force in October 2015.

It is expected to amend the law relating to the rights of consumers and protection of their interests, to make provision about investigatory powers for enforcing the regulation of traders, to make provision about private actions in competition law, as well as providing enhanced remedies for consumers.

The House...

Bankrupts, Pensions and Income Payments Orders

Posted by on January 9th 2015 in Blog Posts

A recent decision by the Chancery Division may have called into question the decision of Raithatha v Williamson [2012] 1 WLR 3559.

In Raithatha, heard before Bernard Livesey QC,  the Trustee in Bankruptcy sought an Income Payments Order (IPO) after  the Bankrupt disclosed  the existence of various pension policies. These policies were not yet drawn down, but were capable of being so by the Bankrupt enabling him to obtain a lump sum payment and an income.

Section 310 of the Insolvency Act 1986 would make available to creditors the surplus income over what is needed for the reasonable domestic needs of the...

Line Manager Training

Posted by on January 8th 2015 in Kitsons News

Line Manager Training

This one day training session is conducted by Carolyn Giles, of Hardwick HR, together with Val Moulton of Alchemy.  It is suitable for Line Managers across all sectors.

The course splits into two distinct parts in order to cover both the interpersonal and emotional skillset required of Line Management and in conjunction with studying the legal framework within which Employers operate.  It will equip your Line Managers with the necessary skills of day to day management and assist them in developing their teams whilst dealing with common risk areas.

Topics covered include:

  • Attitudes & Behaviour
  • Management...

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Posted by on December 19th 2014 in Kitsons News

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Please note our offices will close on Tuesday 23rd December 2014 at 5.15 pm, and re-open on Friday 2nd January 2015 at 9.00 am.

We take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Kitsons & Hardwick HR - Conducting Investigations Seminar

Posted by on December 8th 2014 in Kitsons News

Over 40 delegates attended a disciplinary and investigation seminar held by Kitsons Solicitors and Harwick HR at Buckfast Abbey earlier this month. The seminar examined the issues surrounding the process and pitfalls of conducting disciplinaries and investigations in the workplace.

Jointly hosted by Rhodri Davey, Partner and Head of Employment at Kitsons, and Carolyn Giles, Head of Hardwick HR Consultancy Services, the seminar looked at the legal and practical issues involved.

The seminar was voted a success by delegates and following the excellent feedback it has been decided that these events will now take place every six months.

Here's a couple of photos from the...

Children's Christmas Party

Posted by on December 8th 2014 in Kitsons News

Thanks to the Partners and Staff at Kitsons, we all enjoyed a fantastic day at Minerva House (our Head Office) for a Children’s Christmas Party.

First came Alan the Magician, with a full range of tricks. Alan managed to involve most of the audience, including the baked bean can through the head!

Throw in a bit of plate spinning and balloon artistry for good measure and the kids (and adults) were hooked.

Then came the feast for chocolate and sugary things. There were a few cherry tomatoes and cucumber sections thrown in for good measure, but what good is a cherry...

SDLT Changes: How will it affect you?

Posted by on December 3rd 2014 in Blog Posts, Property

From 4 December 2014 (effective from midnight tonight) Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rates for residential properties will only apply to the part of the property price that falls within each band.

It was announced in today’s Autumn Statement that the old ‘slab’ system will be replaced so home buyers pay the tax at gradually increasing rates on tranches of the total value of the property – similar to income tax – rather than a single rate on the whole transaction, eliminating the steep jump in tax paid when properties cross, for example, the £250,000 threshold.

Buyers will pay no stamp duty on...