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The Parents Promise

Recently, I came across The Parents Promise and was staggered to read that 280,000 children (a similar number to the size of the population of Newcastle!) experience a family separation each year. There is no doubt that a family separation has an impact on children. They can have feelings of loss and there can be…

How to contest a Will after Probate

Contentious probate claims relate to any dispute upon the contents of a deceased will, whether the deceased should have provided for individuals following their passing and how their estate is to be administered. Losing a loved one is difficult, but add to this a dispute and a sad situation can quickly become confrontational and complex….

Mogers Drewett delighted to be a Bath Life Award 2021 finalist

This week we were delighted to be announced as a finalist in the 2021 Bath Life Awards. After the unprecedented challenging year, we have all had it we are so proud to have made the short list. In 2020 we really tried to focus on helping our local community, supporting, and rewarding our teams for…

What will happens to my pension if I divorce?

Pensions are often the most valuable asset to be considered on divorce, particularly if one or both of the parties are members of a final salary/defined benefits pension scheme. There are several different types of pension and often they include complicated investment schemes which can led to an increased risk of under-settling if expert advice…

Buying a listed building: The do’s and don’ts you need to know

Listed buildings account for approximately 2% of England’s built heritage. When a building is ‘listed’ it is included on the statutory list of “buildings of special architectural or historic interest. The list status is intended to protect buildings from alterations that may negatively impact their character or historical context. In practical terms for the owner,…

Preparing to sell your business – Planning is key

Making the decision to sell your business is life changing. Selling a business successfully requires a great deal of planning, which owners often underestimate. On average 58%* of business owners have no succession or exit plan in place. Corporate Commercial Partner, Tom Webb discusses the practical points business owners need to consider when preparing their…

Important Stamp Duty Update April 2021

The Government’s Stamp Duty holiday has been extended in England to end on June 30th, 2021. Up until 30 June 2021, stamp duty is paid when the purchase price exceeds £500,000. After this date a reduced amount of SDLT will be payable until 30th September. From the 1st July 2021, the threshold will reduce to £250,000 until…

Why you need a Lasting Powers of Attorney

A recent study carried out by Office of the Public Guardian* concluded that while approximately 40% of the UK population have a Will, only 1% have Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) in place. Many of those surveyed did not know what an LPA is, and those that did, believed that they would never need to…

How can I help a family member diagnosed with Dementia manage their affairs?

To assist someone with their affairs (whether related to their finances or to health matters), you must hold the legal powers to do so. The route you will need to take will depend on the mental capacity of the person you are seeking to help. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) A Lasting Power of…

Positive start to 2021 for M&A activity in the UK

There is no doubt that 2020 was a challenging year for business. The impact of the pandemic during 2020 did not, however appear to lessen the appetite for corporate M&A activity in the UK and judging by the first quarter of 2021 this looks set to continue. Despite 2021 starting with the UK entering a…