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Archive for September, 2014

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, Press Releases, 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, Press Releases, Private Client

Kitsons Launch Free Legal Surgery at Exeter Library

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, Press Releases

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...