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No Will, No Choice...

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

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...

St Luke's Hospice Make a Will Week

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

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

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...

Unreasonable Financial Provision?

Posted by on February 22nd 2016 in Contentious Probate

Claims made under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 always have a high human interest factor and none more so when they are both high-profile and high-value, such as the claim by Thandi Wooldridge against the estate of her late husband, building tycoon Ian Wooldridge. 

Mr Wooldridge died in a helicopter crash in 2010, reportedly leaving an estate valued at £10 million.  Out of this, Mrs Wooldridge received the family home of Glanfield Manor in Surrey (valued at £4.25 million) and other assets valued at around £1.6 million. 

However, Mrs Wooldridge then made a claim for a further £3.75...

Lasting Powers Of Attorney - Are You Covered In Your Lifetime?

Posted by on January 28th 2015 in Blog Posts, Private Client

Last Friday evening on ITV, Money Expert Martin Lewis highlighted the importance of preparing Lasting Powers of Attorney. He talked about what would happen if you lost capacity without putting something in place to ensure that someone trustworthy can step in to manage your financial affairs or act on your behalf concerning your health and welfare.

Everyone knows it is important to make a Will to ensure assets are passed to the beneficiaries of your choice when you die, but what about protecting the assets when you are alive?

Illness or accidents can happen suddenly and without warning.  Common conditions relating to...

Kitsons Launch Charity Wills Scheme at Exeter City Football Club

Posted by on January 22nd 2015 in Kitsons News, Private Client

Above: Jamie Vittles, Head of Exeter City Football in the Community (left) with Charlie Siegle, Associate at Kitsons (right) at Exeter City Football Club.

Devon law firm Kitsons has teamed up with Exeter City Football Club to offer supporters of Exeter City the opportunity to make or update their Will, in return for a donation to the Club’s charity arm, Football in the Community.

Through the scheme, for every new Will completed by the Private Client Team at Kitsons Solicitors in Exeter, the firm will donate a proportion of its fees for those Wills...

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