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The importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney

A recent survey of 2,000 UK residents by Which found that while 85% of respondents knew what a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) was, only one in seven people had one in place. The survey goes on to summarise the reason for the low take up was a poor understanding of what an LPA is…

The divorce process: What farming families need to know

The farm can be one of the most treasured family assets. In many cases, the farming way of life will have been passed down through the generations and as such the farm often forms the hub of the family. However, when couples divorce after a long marriage, all assets are placed into one ‘matrimonial pot.’…

Is your business at risk from a cyber attack?

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Government Security Group (GSG) in the Cabinet Office have warned all UK organisations of the increased potential for cyber-attacks due to the current situation in Eastern Europe. You may have great cyber security systems in place, but you can never be 100% safe.   Everyone in your organisation…

Escape to the country

While remote hearings and working from home started as a response to the Covid pandemic it is clear that neither will become a distant memory as we move forward. In 2020 many family lawyers predicted that there will be a reduced domination of London as the English centre for divorce legal work. As more firms…

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day!  

If you are newly engaged then you may wish to have a think about a prenuptial agreement, Elizabeth Dowler explains more: In England, there are still many misconceptions about prenuptial agreements. Many people assume that prenuptial agreements are reserved for the rich and famous or have limited legal validity. In reality, prenuptial agreements are becoming…

Are you looking to hire an apprentice?

This week is National Apprenticeship Week – a time to highlight the positive impact apprenticeships can have on individuals, businesses and the economy. If you are looking to hire a new member of your team, why not consider an apprenticeship? Some things to remember: Apprentices must be aged 16 or over, must be paid at…

Sherborne Solicitors honoured for pledges to beat cancer

Sherborne solicitors Mogers Drewett have been recognised by Cancer Research UK after facilitating over £800,000 worth of gifts from people choosing to leave a legacy to the charity in their Will. Mogers Drewett has been offering a Will Service to people aged 18 and over in Dorset for many years, giving guidance and support to…

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…