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Archive for April, 2016

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...