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Questions surrounding divorce

In this week’s column Victoria Strode from Mogers Drewett looks at questions surrounding divorce. What are the grounds for a divorce? There is only one ground for a divorce and this is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. However, if you wish to divorce then you would need to show one of the following…

Legal responsibility for animals

My heart went out to poor Babette Cole this week. Many knew her as the children’s author who lived just outside Sherborne. She was walking her dog through a herd of cattle near her new home in Devon when the animals turned on her, seemingly with the intent to trample her to death. While I…

Can I leave my estate to whomsoever I wish?

Peter Pybus, Solicitor at Mogers Drewett looks at a common question about making a Will that has a more complicated answer than most people realise. ‘Can I leave my estate to anyone I choose?’ is a question I get asked from time to time. But as a recent high profile Court of Appeal decision illustrates,…

When is it possible to challenge a Will?

When is it possible to challenge a Will? Howard Lee from Mogers Drewett Solicitors explores Generally, a person is free to make and change their Will to leave their estate to whoever they wish. However, discrepancies can arise particularly in cases where the deceased owner gave assurances during their lifetime that someone would receive an…

MOGERS DREWETT ‘MAKE A WILL CAMPAIGN’ RAISES £4,050 FOR DOROTHY HOUSE HOSPICE CARE

Mogers Drewett, the West Country based law firm with offices in Bath, Sherborne, Wells and Frome, has succeeded in raising an astonishing £4,050 through its ‘Make A Will Campaign’ for the Dorothy House Hospice Care charity, which provides care and support for people with life-limiting illnesses. Mogers Drewett teamed up with Dorothy House and the…

A View from the Village

In a little over 12 months the eyes of the world will be on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the thirty-first Summer Olympics. Hundreds of millions of people from nations around the world will cheer on their athletes while keeping an eye on the medal boards. In the modern era, the Olympic Games are a…

Trusts

While trusts may have been historically used by the wealthy to protect their estates and avoid paying tax, today trusts are more commonplace and used for a broader range of reasons. Put simply, they are a flexible and effective way to make a gift. Peter Pybus, solicitor at Mogers Drewett explains the benefits and various…

Minimum Energy Performance Standards and their impact on commercial landlords

Commercial landlords, of which there are many across the South West of England, should be aware of forthcoming changes in Minimum Energy Performance Standard regulations, as Ben Lucy, Associate Solicitor Commercial Property at Mogers Drewett explains. Back in 2008 it became law that commercial properties would require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) on construction, sale…

How do you ensure the best outcome for children?

Family disputes that involve children are particularly sensitive and serious, and potentially very expensive and disruptive. Victoria Strode, Associate Solicitor at Mogers Drewett looks at the ways in which disputes are resolved to ensure the best outcome for the children. A complex family law case hit the headlines in recent weeks that involved a woman…

Holiday Pay

Emily Eccles, solicitor at Mogers Drewett looks this week at how will the recent rulings in relation to holiday pay affect your business? The holiday season is upon us and with recent employment law developments in relation to holiday pay, now is a good time for employers to ensure they are aware of the implications…