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Inheritance Claims - changes on the horizon

Posted by on September 18th 2014 in Blog Posts, Contentious Probate, Private Client

The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014 will come into force on 1 October 2014.

From this date, the law surrounding claims made under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 will change. This blog focuses upon the changes that will apply to claims for financial provision against the estate of deceased persons.

Set out below are some of the key changes that will come into play from the beginning of next month:-

1.     Grant no longer key to claim

It will now be possible to bring a claim against an estate without having to wait for the personal representatives of the...

Kitsons Appoints Contentious Probate Specialist

Posted by on September 18th 2014 in Kitsons News, Private Client

Devon law firm Kitsons has appointed a new Solicitor in its Litigation Department.

John Clarke is a Contentious Trust and Probate Specialist and his appointment is a reflection of the firm’s growing reputation in this niche area of legal practice.

John has a wealth of experience in dealing with challenges to the validity of wills, claims for financial provision from deceased persons’ estates and disputes between executors and beneficiaries concerning the administration of estates and trusts. John also deals with disputes regarding powers of attorney and Court of Protection applications. His specialism is complimented by his experience...

Kitsons launch free legal surgery at Exeter Library

Posted by on September 8th 2014 in Kitsons News

Devon law firm Kitsons has launched a monthly drop-in Legal Surgery at the newly refurbished Exeter Library, offering local residents a free consultation on wills, powers of attorney, and probate issues.

Kitsons Private Client specialist Charlie Siegle will be available for 30 minute individual appointments on the third Wednesday of each month from Wednesday 17th September, between 1.00pm and 3.00pm at the city centre Library on Castle Street.

Charlie Siegle, Associate at Kitsons said: “Our new monthly legal surgeries will provide local residents and visitors to the Library with an opportunity to drop-in for a free consultation on...

New sponsor named for glittering Teignbridge sports gala

Posted by on September 5th 2014 in Kitsons News

New sponsor named for glittering Teignbridge sports gala

Devon law firm Kitsons has been unveiled as the new headline sponsor for Teignbridge District Council’s Sports Personality Awards.

The Torbay, Exeter and Plymouth business responded to a plea from the district council which was looking for a new primary sponsor for the annual ceremony which celebrates the best in community sport, physical activity and health.

This year’s Sports Personality Awards will be held on Friday 28 November at the Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren.

The awards gala has become one of the largest of its kind, recognising and rewarding a number of athletes, teams, volunteers, coaches, and unsung heroes for their hard...

Lease permitted use restrictions can breach the Competition Act 1998

Posted by on September 1st 2014 in Blog Posts, Property

The Central London County Court has ruled that a user restriction in a lease breaches the Chapter I prohibition in the Competition Act 1998.

The Chapter I prohibition prohibits certain agreements that are deemed to be anti-competitive. These include agreements that have an effect on trade and restrict competition. Since 6 April 2011, the Chapter I prohibition has applied uniformly to all land agreements without exception, in just the same way as it applies to any other type of agreement.

Article 9(1) of the Competition Act contains criteria for agreements to be exempt from the Chapter I prohibitions.

It is relatively common for...

Tenants beware - break clause date and rent refunds

Posted by on August 29th 2014 in Blog Posts, Property

In the recent case of Marks and Spencer plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Limited and another [2014] EWHC 1279 (Ch) the Court of Appeal considered whether a tenant who has exercised a break right should be refunded rent and other payments relating to the period after the break date.

Generally for a break notice to be effective, a tenant will have to ensure that the rent and other payments (eg. insurance rent, service charge, interest etc) are paid up-to-date in accordance with the terms of the lease. This may well include paying the rent and...

Rowcroft Sleep Walk 2014

Posted by on July 14th 2014 in Kitsons News

The Sleep Walk 2014

On Saturday 26th July seven members of staff at Kitsons will be taking part in South Devon’s biggest night walk aiming to walk the full 10 miles in aid of Rowcroft Hospice.

The atmosphere on the night will be incredible with over 1,500 ladies coming together to support Rowcroft. In the last three years the Sleepwalkers have raised a staggering £500,000 for the hospice. All funds raised from the event will go towards supporting the hospice’s vital work, providing care and support to over 1,800 patients and their families across South Devon each year. 

Donations can be made via http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Kitsons3  or...

Kitsons sponsor Children's Hospice South West nurse

Posted by on June 12th 2014 in Kitsons News

Kitsons sponsor Children's Hospice South West nurse

Kitsons has become the first local business to directly fund a children’s hospice nurse at Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), Little Bridge House in Fremington, North Devon.

The firm of solicitors, which has offices in Exeter, Torquay and Plymouth, has pledged £1,000 towards CHSW’s ‘Sponsor a Nurse’ campaign, an exciting new corporate initiative that allows business to contribute directly to the vital funding of a nurse for the hospice.  The initiative is asking 30 local businesses to contribute £1,000 each to collectively cover the cost of a qualified children’s nurse for a year. Kitson’s contribution will directly help fund paediatric nurse, Lorraine...

Estate Agents and Sellers - Property Information Legislation Changes

Posted by on June 10th 2014 in Blog Posts, Property

Estate agents and house sellers now have a duty to inform potential buyers and even potential property viewers about certain information that may affect their decision to purchase a property and land.

The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (SI 2008/1277) (‘CPR’) came into force on 26 May 2008, and these Regulations primarily deal with business-to-consumer practices. In addition the Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1276) (‘BPR’) came into force on 26 May 2008 and primarily deal with business-to-business advertisements and activities.

In light of the Property Misdescriptions Act 1991 repeal taking effect on 1 October 2013, and effectively...

Call for cyclists to support Hospiscare

Posted by on March 4th 2014 in Kitsons News

Call for cyclists to support Hospiscare

Lycra-clad cycling enthusiasts are being called to take part in the Kitsons Devon Classic Bike Ride which is supporting local charity Hospiscare in 2014.

The popular bike ride, taking place on Sunday July 20, features a challenge for all cycling abilities across a choice of three routes, adding a different element to the event and allowing individuals to pick between 55, 85 and 100 mile routes.

Each course starts and finishes at David Lloyd Club, Exeter, and will take the cyclists out into the beautiful Devon countryside. 
Another added element to this year’s event comes at the end of the ride where...

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