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Update - Increase in Probate Fees Scrapped

Posted by on May 17th 2017 in Blog Posts, Private Client

Update - Increase in Probate Fees Scrapped

We recently produced a note on the increase of probate fees which were due to come into force from as early as May 2017.  The new provisions were intended to replace the current flat fee system of either £155 for an application made by a solicitor or £215 for an application made by an individual regardless of the value of the estate, with a system of bands starting from £50,000, relating to the size of the estate, which would have seen fees payable on estates rise between 40% to a staggering 9,202%.

However, in light of the general election being trigged...

President of the Solicitors for the Elderly Praises Kitsons Solicitors

Posted by on April 25th 2017 in Press Releases, Private Client

Lynn Smith a Partner and head of department at local law firm Kitsons Solicitors and Marjorie Creek a Private Client Solicitor in their Plympton branch, both full accredited members of Solicitors for the Elderly, have been singled out for praise by Anne Edis, President of the Solicitors for the Elderly.

The SFE is an independent, national organisation of over 1,500 solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives, committed to providing the highest quality of legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers. It has campaigned hard, alongside other organisations, to have the draft Non-Contentious Probate...

The New Probate Fees

Posted by on April 13th 2017 in Blog Posts, Private Client

Probate fees are payable by executors when they apply for a Grant of Probate which is a formal document required in order to administer a deceased person’s estate. Currently a flat fee is payable of either £155 for an application made by a solicitor or £215 for an application made by an individual regardless of the value of the estate. Probate fees are separate to inheritance tax and are payable on an application irrespective of whether inheritance tax is due. 

New provisions intended to be introduced from May will replace these flat fees with a system...

New Tax & Corporate Partners for Devon Law Firm

Posted by on March 31st 2017 in Corporate, Kitsons News, Press Releases, Private Client

New Tax & Corporate Partners for Devon Law Firm

Devon law firm Kitsons announces two new partner promotions in its Tax Planning and Corporate teams.

With effect from 1st April 2017 Jonathan Dickson and Corri Pedrick, both solicitors in the firm’s Torquay office, will be promoted to Partners.

Corri Pedrick is a solicitor within the firm’s Corporate Department. She has particular interest in commercial drafting and is particularly skilled at assessing risk within commercial agreements. The firm’s Corporate Department’s work is well recognised in both Chambers UK and The Legal 500.

Jonathan Dickson is dual qualified as a Private Client Solicitor and taxation technician. He has particular expertise in tax...

Top Award for Kitsons Solicitors Supporting Elderly Clients

Posted by on March 21st 2017 in Press Releases, Private Client

Private client Solicitor Marjorie Creek, who works at local law firm Kitsons Solicitors in their Plympton office, has been recognised with a prestigious elderly care qualification.

After passing the ‘Older Client Care in Practice’ award, Marjorie undertook further study and passed the ‘Older Client Law in Practice’ award to become a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and will join Kitsons Partner, Lynn Smith who acquired the SFE award several years ago.

 

Marjorie is also a registered nurse, so has extensive experience of caring for and working with vulnerable people of...

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...

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