• 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.

    Clearly our main purpose is to provide sound legal advice. However, as well as the legal aspects of a case, we will also take time to consider other non-legal matters which may be just as important. It is because you are put in direct contact with a Solicitor, who will see your case through from beginning to end and becuase we use plain English when speaking with you, that you can be confident that you are in control of things.

    So, no stuffy lawyers, no legal jargon, one main point of contact and a relaxed and informal atmosphere with a fabulous view of Exeter Cathedral. What are you waiting for? Choose Morgan & Pope for a comprehensive approach and advice you can rely upon.

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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?

    Our clients choose us because:

    • We provide sensible and comprehensive advice
    • We are friendly and approachable
    • We are efficient
    • We really do care

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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 using our online contact form or on the phone on 01392 274006 and see whether we can help protect your family’s wealth from the taxman!


Wyatt v Vince - If in doubt sort it out!

This case seems to allow anyone without a completed financial order or settlement to bring a claim against their ex-spouse regardless of how long ago they divorced.

Whilst lawyers always try to ensure that financial matters are finalised and that neither party can bring a claim against the other in the future it is vital that those couples who do not have financial orders in place review their situation because they may now face claims based on wealth subsequently acquired after their divorce.

In this case Dale Vince married Kathleen Wyatt in 1981 when they were penniless new age travellers.

They separated in 1984 and divorced in 1992. Three years later Vince founded Ecotricity which is now one of the largest green energy companies in the UK. He is said to be worth over £100m.

He ex-wife took him to court 22 years after they divorced seeking £2m claiming that he left her destitute while he grew his business.

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Why is a Lasting Power of Attorney so Important?

Lasting Powers of Attorney are very important whether you are young or old. It is a fact that we just don’t know what is around the corner and it may be that you find yourself unexpectedly in need of assistance due to an accident or illness.

There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney:

(i) Property and Financial Affairs

(ii) Health and Welfare Issues

Each document will enable you to authorise someone or a number of people to make decisions on your behalf both when you have capacity (so perhaps you might just need some help to make certain arrangements) and also when you lack mental capacity (in which case your chosen Attorney/s will make the relevant decisions on your behalf).

It is important that you completely trust the person/people you have chosen to act as your Attorney/s. They will have access to all your personal information.

In addition to appointing main Attorneys, you can also choose to appoint replacement Attorneys. This allows you to extend the life of your Lasting Powers of Attorney to take account of a situation where your main Attorney’s may become unable to act on your behalf.

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What is mediation?

Although the most widely employed form of conflict resolution, it is arguable that mediation remains underrated in terms of its utility in resolving everyday disputes, as it is commonly linked with the resolution of family matters alone.

 

During mediation, parties to a dispute are encouraged, with the assistance of a neutral third party to resolve their issues and agree a mutually acceptable way forward. Successful mediation enables the parties to communicate their views and to formulate options instead of continually rehashing what have often become entrenched and hostile positions.

 

Indeed, although conflict resolution has traditionally been associated with an expensive, litigious court battle, following the implementation of the Family Procedure Rules 2010, even the Judiciary has begun to champion mediation as a viable and effective alternative to litigation.

 

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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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