• What do we do?

    From our City center offices in Exeter, our expert Solicitors offer specialist legal advice to both the business and non-business client. Our commercial and residential property (conveyancing) Solicitors can assist with all matters connected with buying and selling property or land, leasehold matters and any other issues connected to the ownership and use of property. Our Family law department will guide you through all areas of relationship breakdown, including divorce, the division of assets and finances in divorce and any issues concerning arrangements for the children of a relationship. Our dispute resolution department will provide practical advice in all areas of litigation. Our wills, trusts and probate department will provide the support and specialist advise you need in order to get you affairs in order (including inheritance tax planning where appropriate) and our Probate department will guide you through your duties and obligations as an Executor or Administrator in an Estate. Go to our Legal Services page to find out more about the services we offer.

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  • Who we are

    Morgan & Pope Solicitors was formed on 1st October 2011 when 208 years' worth of experience were combined following the merge of Stephen Morgan & Co and Popes Solicitors (previously J. & S. P. Pope). We are a medium sized law firm based in Cathedral Yard, Exeter and you can expect to receive, as standard, exceptionally high quality legal services at a price you can afford. However, it is our friendly, non-stuffy approach to the law that sets us apart from the rest of the lawyers in Exeter and makes us a must when deciding who to instruct to deal with your everyday legal needs.

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  • Why choose us?

    We understand that you come to see us either when you are going through a very distressing time or when you have a question that requires specialist knowledge. This is why we ensure that you are assigned a qualified lawyer who has the specialist skills you need and why that person will continue to be your main point of contact until the case has been completed. With Morgan & Pope Solicitors, you never need to worry that your case has been lost to a team of unqualified fee earners!

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What is Probate?

Probate is the term used to describe the process by which a person is authorised by the Courts to distribute the assets of the deceased, either in accordance with the terms of the Will or in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. This is known as the Courts issuing a Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration.

How do you get a Grant of Probate?

A Grant of Probate is obtained by making an application to the Probate Registry. However, before an application can be made, it is necessary to complete a tax return and swear an oath. The type of tax return and oath required will vary, depending upon two factors:

1. Is Inheritance Tax due?

2. Did the person who died leave a Will?

Whatever the answers to these two questions are, it is essential to seek legal assistance as we are able to take away the worry and stress that can be caused when dealing with HM Revenue and Customs and the Probate Registry.

How do we charge?

From as little as £500 + VAT and disbursements, we can assist you in complying with all the legalities of obtaining a Grant of Probate.

Our Fixed Fee Probate Packages, are designed for clients who feel able to deal with the majority of the administration of an Estate themselves and who simply require us to complete the formal documents (Inheritance Tax return and Oath) for them and to make the application for the Grant of Probate on their behalf. The client is required to provide us with all relevant information and we make no enquiries as to the accuracy of that information.

However, for those who require more assistance or for more complex matters, we offer a full Estate administration service. This service enables us to take away the stresses connected with Estate Administration at a time when there are many other things for you to cope with. Where possible, we will also offer a fixed fee for the full Estate Administration service.

Telephone us today in order to speak with one of our specialist Solicitors and let us guide you through the complexities of Estate Administration.


How to appeal a school admissions decision

If your child has not been admitted to their first choice of primary School what can you do? Well, it may be possible to launch and appeal to the Local Authority against the decision. However, you only have fourteen days from the date of the decision to make such an appeal.

 In order to increase your chances of launching a successful appeal, consideration should be given to the following:

  1. The reasonableness of the Admissions Policy
  2. Whether the Admissions Policy has been applied properly
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130 hrs per year wasted chasing payments

A recent survey has found that the cost of chasing late payments such as unpaid invoices and overdue accounts is an astounding 130 hours and even more for larger companies.

These valuable hours wasted means a loss in business productivity which can have serious adverse effects on the company’s cash-flow and overall profitability.

Businesses can keep on top of their unpaid invoices by following a simple approach:

  1. Ensure that you know your customer and their business and therefore the likelihood of getting paid
  2. Make sure payment terms are clearly visible on your invoices
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Education Law - Problem with schools

Have you struggled to get your child into your preferred choice of school? Has he/she been unfairly excluded, or perhaps you have a dispute with your child’s school and don’t know where to begin? In an age where parents’ are keener than ever for their children to get ahead, competition for school places is tough.

Education has become somewhat of a hot topic and is often at the centre of one controversy or another, whether it’s yet another change to the National Curriculum, attitudes towards school discipline or teachers’ pensions. However, despite the enormity of the role education plays in shaping our children’s lives, parents often feel that the system does not afford them a say on how their children are educated and that decisions are imposed on them without consultation and without full explanation.

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10 Top Tips To Avoid Bad Debtors

It is an inevitable that as a business, you will sometimes get the odd customer that does not pay. Here are 10 top tips to reduce those debtors.

 1)      Know who your customer is 

Have a checklist or a form that new customers complete. Get as much information from them as possible e.g whether they are a sole trader, partnership. It is essential you know who you’re dealing with.

 2)      Terms and conditions

It is very advisable to have clear terms and conditions within your contract. This will govern things like the right to charge interest

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Prest v Petrodel

Unmasking the Veil of Deceit – Prest –v- Petrodel
The highest Court in the land has ordered oil tycoon Mike Prest to transfer to his former wife, Yasmin Prest, properties held by companies owned and controlled by him as part of a £17.5m divorce award. 

Michael Prest, founder of Nigerian energy company Petrodel Resources, separated from his wife after 15 years.  During the divorce he said that Petrodel’s assets did not belong to him but to a family trust and that he was in reality in debt to the order of £48m.

Yasmin Prest asserted that her husband was in control of all the companies which were 100% owned by him and he was worth millions (the Court estimated he was worth not less than £37.5m).

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