• What do we do?

    From our City centre 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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Wills

What is a Will?

A Will is a document which only takes effect after your death. It primarily deals with the distribution of your assets but can also be used to nominate a guardian for any infant children you may have.

Who should have a Will?

The short answer is everyone! A Will is not just something that the wealthy should have. Yes, a Will can be used to try to reduce Inheritance Tax but its main purpose is to ensure that your assets pass onto those people who you want to receive them following your death.

What happens if you die without a Will? >

If you don’t have a Will when you die, you will be considered to die intestate. When you die intestate, the Statutory Intestacy Provisions apply and this means that your assets are distributed between your blood relatives as set out in the legislation.

Therefore it is particularly important when you want to leave assets to family members who are not blood relatives (i.e. partners, children of a previous marriage and foster children etc) or friends, that you have a Will. Without one, they will simply not benefit under the Intestacy provisions.

How do we charge?

Our charges start at £150 + VAT for a basic single Will and from £200 + VAT for joint mirror Wills (designed for couples). However, it may be that you will require more complicated tax planning advice, in which case these fixed fees would not apply. For more details, please contact one of our specialist Solicitors.

We take the time to ensure that your new Will/s is/are appropriate for your individual personal circumstances, and take the time to get to know you; we do not adopt a “one size fits all” approach when it comes to drafting Wills.

Living Wills

What is a Living Will?

A Living Will, also known as an Advance Directive, is a document that you prepare in your lifetime so that you can let your loved ones, and those in charge of your care, know the types of treatment that you do or don’t wish to receive when you are unable to your wishes; a good example would be that you do not wish to be resuscitated.

How do we charge?

A Living Will is a low cost way of helping your loved ones to make difficult decisions at a time when they need guidance from you. Please see our fixed fee page for our current charges.

Trusts

What is a Trust?

Put simply, a Trust is a vehicle which can be used to channel assets out of your own estate for the benefit of either specific people or perhaps a class of people (i.e. children and grandchildren collectively). A Trust can be created for many reasons but the most common reason is so as to save tax.

If you want to discuss the possible tax savings that can be achieved by creating a trust, please book an appointment with one of our Solicitors who will be able to talk you through the options available to you.

In addition to advising you on and assisting you with the legalities of creating a new Trust, we also offer a full Trust Administration service which will provide you with the peace of mind that your new trust is being run properly.

Contact one of our specialist Solicitors today and see whether we can help protect your family’s wealth from the taxman!


British Bill of Rights or Human Rights Act?

During the recent Tory party Conference, David Cameron addressed the party’s concerns regarding the impact of the Human Rights Act on the Judiciary and consequently the British population by suggesting that a future Tory Government would abolish the Act and replace it with a new Bill of Rights. The idea being to give Britain more control over the laws implemented.

 

Mr Cameron stated it has long been his intention to ‘entrench’ a British Bill of Rights detailing ‘core values’ and responsibilities in British law, so it could not be overturned in the Commons. He went on to say, a ‘clear and codified’ bill would allow the European court to exercise a ‘margin of appreciation’ in its rulings where Judges are obliged to take into consideration the cultural, historical and philosophical differences between Strasbourg and Britain.

 

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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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