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Kitsons Now Members of The National Mental Capacity Forum (NMCF)

Posted by on January 12th 2017 in Blog Posts, Private Client

Kitsons Now Members of The National Mental Capacity Forum (NMCF)

Marjorie Creek, a Solicitor in our Private Client Department, has been accepted as an associate member of The National Mental Capacity Forum (NMCF), which is a joint new Ministry of Justice and Department of Health initiative.

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) was introduced in 2005 to help give power to people with impaired capacity, to make as many decisions as possible and to make certain, that if others make decisions on their behalf, that they do so, in their best interests.

However, it has since become clear that stakeholders from health and social care, together with those from other...

Local law firm Kitsons raise over £3,000 for local charity Age UK Exeter

Posted by on August 15th 2016 in Blog Posts, Private Client

Local law firm Kitsons raise over £3,000 for local charity Age UK Exeter

From time to time, local law firms will run a Wills for Charity scheme. This is where the solicitor does not charge for their time to write a simple Will. Instead of charging, the solicitor encourages the client to make a donation to Charity, in this case Age UK Exeter.

Kitsons Partner, Charlie Siegle, waived Will writing fees for 25 clients in April, instead encouraging clients to make a donation to Age UK Exeter.

Charity Director Martyn Rogers said "We are so grateful to Charlie and the team at the Exeter office. The money raised will make a huge difference and every...

No Will, No Choice...

Posted by on July 22nd 2016 in Blog Posts, Private Client

No Will, No Choice...

In a recent news article, it has been highlighted that the reported cases of people who have sadly died without leaving a will has more than doubled over the past five years.

Their estates are then passed onto the Treasury in London and often these cases sit for years without any relatives realising that they may be entitled to inherit from a long lost member of their family over the last year. Sarah Gillard and Zoe Mansfield, who work in our Private Client Department are specialist's in intestate estates.

Many people pass away without leaving a will and on occasions the deceased...

Charity Cheque Presentation to St Luke's Hospice

Posted by on July 7th 2016 in Kitsons News, Private Client

Charity Cheque Presentation to St Luke's Hospice

Marjorie Creek, a Solicitor and Sophie Carruthers, an Apprentice in Kitsons' Plympton office, were delighted to hand over a cheque for the sum of £925.00 to St Luke’s Hospice from participating in their recent Make a Will Week

Marjorie, who used to be a palliative care nurse at the Hospice and whose former colleagues still work there, said that both she and Sophie, who witnessed the majority of the wills with her and helped raise awareness of the event locally, were absolutely thrilled to have raised so much money for such a worthy...

St Luke's Hospice Make a Will Week

Posted by on May 11th 2016 in Blog Posts, Private Client

St Luke's Hospice Make a Will Week

Kitsons are participating in the St Luke’s Hospice Make a Will Week which is running from Monday 16th to Friday 20th May 2016.  Marjorie Creek, one of our private client solicitors and a former palliative care nurse at St Luke’s, is giving her time free of charge to update or write Wills, in return for a donation to St Luke’s in support of her former colleagues.

Last year the Make a Will Week raised £10,000 for St Luke’s. That’s enough in one week to provide specialist care to 10 people at home, giving them access to a variety of care including...

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...

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...

Advance Care Planning

Posted by on January 28th 2016 in Blog Posts, Private Client

Marjorie Creek

At Kitsons we understand that people with life limiting conditions such as advanced cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart failure and Motor Neurone Disease, are increasingly being advised by the NHS, Macmillan and hospices, to think ahead and make decisions about how and where, they would like to be cared for, when they are no longer able to communicate for themselves.

We see that the need for advance care planning is becoming ever more pressing and that people increasingly want us to make the connection, between what they are being told by their health care professionals and the impact of...

Newly Appointed Solicitor

Posted by on January 7th 2016 in Kitsons News, Private Client

Newly Appointed Solicitor

In  2015, the Devon & Somerset Law Society held their annual Newly Qualified Solicitors Admissions Ceremony. Taking place at the Guildhall in Exeter, the event congratulated newly qualified Solicitors, who attended the ceremony with their guests and families.

Rebecca Farley, of Kitsons, was presented with a certificate acknowledging her new appointment as Solicitor, from The Honourable Mr Justice Dingemans.

Rebecca has worked at Kitsons Solicitors for 2 years, working within our Private Client Department and specialises predominately dealing with Trusts and Tax affairs.

Prior to working for Kitsons, Rebecca completed her Law Degree and Legal Practice Course at Cardiff University and completed the majority...