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Our clients are always our first priority

Professional expertise, a high level of service and value for our clients

Serving our clients
For almost 40 years, we have aspired to provide the highest possible service for our clients by providing them with the very best legal advice and to inform, encourage and achieve their expectations.

To these ends, we have attained Lexcel status, which is the Law Society’s quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and excellence in legal client care. Since it was introduced, little more than 16% of solicitors in the UK have achieved this distinction. In addition to Lexcel, we also have eight Law Society accreditations.

Lexcel appraisal — our last report said “Thomas Dunton Solicitors is a well run practice with highly motivated staff members who take great pride in their work and in providing high levels of client care. Simply outstanding”.

Thomas Dunton Christmas Legal Quiz Answer

Here are the answers to our Christmas Legal Quiz that appeared in many local magazines. How was your legal knowledge? If you haven’t seen the questions yet and would like to test yourself, please click here.
Q1 – NO: you should make a new Will or codicil instead.
Q2 – NO: The short answer to this is “No, you can’t” but you may be able to make other arrangements for pets to benefit from funds in your estate.
Q3 – NO: But once the divorce is finalised, your ex-spouse will be treated as if they have died before you.
Q4 – YES: Although you must be sure that you can put complete trust in the people you choose.
Q5 – YES: Wills are revoked by marriage. You should put in place a new Will which explicitly deals with this before the wedding.
Q6 – YES: Unlike marriage, having a child does not revoke a Will. It is sensible to put a new Will in place to make sure that your child is provided for on your death and that appropriate guardianship arrangements are in place.
Q7 – NO: Any assets you leave will be used first to pay taxes, funeral and estate administration expenses and personal debts.
Q8 – NO: There is no tax to pay provided you live 7 years, but if you die earlier the value of the gift will be added back into your estate for IHT purposes.
Q9 – NO: When you gave her the house, it became hers absolutely. She was therefore free to leave it to whomever she chose.
BONUS – It was unveiled in 1931: It was designed by a local man, Charles Heaton Comyn, and is made of Portland stone and is now Grade II listed. These answers are of a general nature. Please contact us for advice on your individual circumstances.

Information videos on important everyday subjects

We are pleased to present to you some useful information videos.

Here is an example, explaining the basic facts about Inheritance Tax

Please click here for  Wills, Lasting Power of Attorney and Inheritance Tax.

Our dedicated Personal Injury website

Please visit our dedicated Personal Injury website which contains more detailed information about different types of injury and the services provided by our highly trained and experienced team of lawyers. This video illustrates the expertise we can provide.

 

Living with Dementia — Essential Legal steps

Dementia is a disease that will inevitably affect the social, emotional and financial life of the person with the disease and their family. it is a progressive illness where, if possible, it is essential to plan ahead.

We are working with the Bromley Dementia Support Hub to understand the effect it has on those with the disease and how we can help support them.

Please click here for more information.

Free Newsletters and Guides

Please click on the appropriate link below to read our latest newsletters. If you would like copies for yourself or friends, please simply call us on 01689 822554 or email enquiry@thomasdunton.co.uk

For details of all our newsletters or to request a copy, please click here.

Client Satisfaction Surveys — how did we get on ?

Good intentions alone are not sufficient to provide the legal help that people need. Only the client can say if we actually provided the degree of service, in all aspects, that they required.

Find out how we got on, based on our Client Satisfaction Surveys ?

A full breakdown of responses to all the questions can be found here on our website. 

“The Legal Hour” Phone-in programme on LBC 97.3

Every Wednesday at 9pm on LBC radio, you can catch up with Clive Bull’s popular “Legal Hour” phone-in programme.  Vernon Hadida, a senior partner at Thomas Dunton, is a regular contributor to the show, answering many interesting and varied questions from members of the public.

Each programme with Vernon can be found on the “News” menu on the left side of your screen. Each subject covered is annotated for easy reference and access.

Peter Zelnik & Co. Solicitors

The firm of Peter Zelnik Solicitors, based in Biggin Hill, has closed and Thomas Dunton look after the documents left with them including Wills, Powers of Attorney, correspondence, court documents and other important items.  We would be pleased to hear from any of their clients with any legal enquiry. Please click here for more information.

 

 The information on this website is of a general nature and details are prone to change.

Individual advice should always be taken.

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Free Legal Talk on 21st November

Planning for the future

We will be discussing the benefits of a Will and a Power of Attorney and ways to reduce Inheritance Tax

  • Power of Attorney – what are the benefits and why it may be more important to you than a Will.
  • Inheritance Tax — ways to minimise Inheritance Tax and can you really leave £1,000,000 tax free under the new Government rules.
  • Your Will – does it effectively provide for your dependents and loved ones ? How often should you review it?
    You will be able to ask questions about your specific concern without any obligation.

You will receive a free information pack on the subjects we discuss and you can listen again to parts of the talk through videos on this website.

The talks start at 11am and lasts approximately one hour including questions.

There is no need to book but these talks are very popular and we suggest that you call our office to reserve your seat.

Our free talks will start again in the New Year on 20th February.

LBC Legal Hour

The latest programme recorded on 26th April 2017 is now available. Well known broadcaster Clive Bull was the host for the evening. During the live broadcasts, Vernon is asked many interesting and varied questions from members of the public.

Listen to all the Podcasts »

What our clients say about us:

  • “We have both been impressed with your diligent and thorough conveyancing, highlighting issues with the property that had been missed during the previous sale”.

  • “Catherine Westcott truly helped us beyond her duty and was always there for us, going that extra mile made all the difference”.

  • “All very satisfactory, efficient and approachable. We now look upon Thomas Dunton as our solicitors”.

  • “Extremely satisfied with the service that you have provided. We will be recommending Thomas Dunton to our family and friends”. 

  • “Great patience and great deal of thought to ensure our Will achieved our complicated requirements. Thank you”.

  • “I found the staff I dealt with professional, practical and patient…helping to clarify matters and enabling me to take better informed decisions”.

  • “Wonderful and understanding of my circumstances. Guided me through the process and presented all the options in a way that I could understand”.

  • “Thank you for all your hard work. You have been amazing. I will forever be thankful that you were my solicitor”.

  • “The service was exceptional —  friendly, welcoming and sympathetic. I do not think that I could have received a better service anywhere else“.

  • “No words to express my gratitude to your amazing work and patience”.

  • “Thank you very much for the courtesy, care and efficiency which we have received from you and everyone we have dealt with at Thomas Dunton”. 

  • “Thank you so much for all your help for my family and I.  I am so very  grateful.  You’re  my little Christmas angels”

  • “What you all do for people is amazing. You should all be proud of yourselves for putting a little bit of light back in my life and I’m most certain that of others”

  • “The firm give their clients very detailed and clear advice in plain English.”

  • “Extremely friendly, did not feel that anything was too much trouble”.

  • “I received a very prompt, professional and caring service from you at a very sad and distressing time”.

     

  • “Thank you all for your amazing support throughout last year.  You really are a fabulous team”.

     

  • “It really was a hideous experience, but every time I got to the point I couldn’t breathe and I spoke to one of you, I felt instantly strong again”.

  •  “You made me giggle and reassured me whenever I was about to cry or hide in a cupboard, often picking up the phone to check I was ok – so very kind”.

     

  • “Vernon Hadida is by far the best solicitor I have ever dealt with.”

  • “Extremely satisfied with the service which I considered excellent value for money.”

  • “I was very happy with the service. I was always able to speak to somebody that could help me when I telephoned.”

  • “Thank you for all your work on my claim. I am extremely grateful for your assistance.”

  • “Thomas Dunton exceeded my expectations in terms of both service quality and value for money.”