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Mogers Drewett appoints new Managing Partner

  South-West based law firm Mogers Drewett announces Sean McDonough as its new managing partner. Sean’s appointment comes at an exciting time for the firm as it starts to implement a new business plan, which will see the firm enhance both its client and people experience whilst focussing on becoming a leading provider of legal…

What is mediation and is it an effective way to manage a divorce?

Victoria Cobham specialist family lawyer at Mogers Drewett explains Where proceedings involve finances or children there is a requirement to attend a Mediation session (unless you fall into one of the exemptions). Mediation is quite simply a way to try and resolve any issue you may have as a result of your relationship breaking down. …

Remote Will witnessing in England & Wales extended

For the last 183 years the legislation setting out how Wills should be signed has worked perfectly. The Wills Act 1837 provided that a Will must be: in writing, signed by the person making the Will (the testator) or a nominated person if they are unable to sign, in the presence of two witnesses and…

WHAT IS FAMILY MEDIATION?

Family mediation is a voluntary, confidential and privileged form of alternative dispute resolution. It involves the appointment of a neutral and impartial third party (the mediator) who helps the parties reach a negotiated solution to their dispute. The mediator does not have any authority to impose a decision on the parties. Instead, the mediator helps to facilitate discussion…

What is mediation? How can it benefit me?

In order to support and raise awareness of Family Mediation Week, which takes place between 17-21 January, Family Solicitor Victoria Cobham discusses Mediation and how it can benefit families in her latest article. Mediation is a process used to try and resolve any issues that parties may have as a result of a relationship breakdown….

Is your Lasting Power of Attorney ready to use if needed?

We all know the importance of having an LPA on place when it comes to planning for our future and on average 12%* of the UK population have an LPA in place currently. What is not often talked about however is how to use an LPA if and when the time comes? In her latest…

Important new changes to Inheritance Tax from 1 January 2022

HM Revenue & Customs- (HMRC) have recently announced they will be changing the reporting requirements in respect of deceased persons’ estates. Chartered Legal Executive, Kat King discusses the changes that will take affect from 1st January 2022 and who will be affected by these changes. First, it is important to highlight that these changes are…

Is your Lasting Power of Attorney ready to use if needed?

  We all know the importance of having a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) on place when it comes to planning for our future and on average 12%* of the UK population have an LPA in place currently. What is not often talked about however is how to use an LPA if and when the…

The long awaited “no fault” divorce is due to become law on 6 April 2022.

    The government announcement last year that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, was to be delayed by at least six months disappointed many separated couples seeking to divorce in the most amicable way, with the least impact on their children. 2022 will finally see the Act made law and the ‘no fault’…

What Is Family Mediation?

Family mediation is a voluntary, confidential and privileged form of alternative dispute resolution. It involves the appointment of a neutral and impartial third party (the mediator) who helps the parties reach a negotiated solution to their dispute. The mediator does not have any authority to impose a decision on the parties. Instead, the mediator helps to facilitate discussion…