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Thomas Horton LLP Solicitors on The Strand in Bromsgrove has been recognised by Cancer Research UK after facilitating over £590,000 worth of gifts from people choosing to leave a legacy to the charity in their will.

Tina Circus & her team at Thomas Horton LLP Solicitors were presented with a silver certificate to acknowledge the firm’s ongoing support. The firm have been offering the Free Will Service to people aged 55 and over in Bromsgrove for the past 5 years, giving guidence and support for those wishing to write a will or update an existing one.

As part of the service, Thomas Horton LLP Solicitors gives guidance for those wishing to leave a legacy gift for Cancer Research UK.
The charity receives no government funding for its research and relies heavily on the generosity of people leaving gifts in their wills. Over a third of its research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer is funded through supporters leaving a legacy to the charity.

Tina Circus, Partner and Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate commented, ‘our experienced team are here to give bespoke advice to each client on all aspects of their Wills, lifetime planning and estate affairs. We will also advise on the potential inheritance tax advantages of including charities in your Will. Thomas Horton LLP are proud to support Cancer Research UK through the Free Will Service and delighted with the news that over £590,000 has been raised for such an incredibly worth cause’.

A legacy gift can be anything someone wishes to leave in their will. Traditionally this is money but it could be anything that has a monetary value like an estate or specific item. Anything left to Cancer Research UK can be marked to be ring-fenced for research into a specific cancer type or research within a local area.

Clare Moore, Director of Legacies at Cancer Research UK, explained: “We all reach a stage at some point in our lives where we start to look ahead and consider what will happen to our financial affairs in the future, when we may no longer be around. “At Cancer Research UK, we work with a number of local solicitors including Thomas Horton LLP Solicitors in Bromsgrove to offer local people aged 55 or over the chance to make an all-important first will or to update an existing one. The service has grown in popularity over the past couple of years and while it is provided free of any obligation, the vast majority of people choose to kindly leave a gift to the charity.

By offering Cancer Research UK’s Free Will Service, Thomas Horton LLP Solicitors have become well informed about our work and are very supportive of our life-saving research. Whenever their clients express a desire to support us, Thomas Horton LLP Solicitors staff act with great sensitivity as they explain the various options and allow individuals or families to make the right choice in their own good time.

It’s quite astonishing to think that by simply combining enthusiasm with the highest professional standards Thomas Horton LLP Solicitors has helped secure over £590,000 worth of legacy gifts, which will go a long way towards helping our scientists, doctors and nurses to beat cancer sooner.”

Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. Every step taken by its doctors, nurses and scientists relies on donations from the public and the kindness of supporters who choose to leave a gift in their will.

The Free Will Service has been running successfully for over 20 years across a network of solicitors in the UK. Anyone who wishes to use the service is asked to consider leaving a legacy gift to Cancer Research UK but is under no obligation to do so.

For more information about leaving a legacy gift and Cancer Research UK’s free will service, visit or call Thomas Horton LLP Solicitors 01527 839404

About Cancer Research UK
• Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
• Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
• Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on vital donations from the public.
• Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years.
• Today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that by 2034, 3 in 4 people will survive their cancer for at least 10 years.
• Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
• Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

We are recruiting

We require an experienced Receptionist to join our Redditch office on a full-time basis.

Current or previous experience of working within a busy, fast moving environment is essential. You must be welcoming as the first point of contact when clients enter the office, be of smart appearance and possess the ability to remain calm under pressure. You should have a pleasant personality, the ability to manage and prioritise situations in a timely and effective manner, excellent typing skills and the ability to work as part of a team. You must possess good verbal and written communication skills and excellent organisational skills are a must for this position.

In addition, previous experience of utilising case management systems would be advantageous although training can be provided.

Salary will be dependent upon experience.

Please send your C.V together with a covering letter including salary expectation to Mrs Veronica Newton at

Closing Date: Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Tina Circus and Angela Weatherill attend Birmingham Beats Cancer Dinner

Tina Circus and Angela Weatherill attended the Birmingham Beats Cancer dinner on 7 February 2019 at the ICC in Birmingham.

The event is held to raise money for local Birmingham based cancer research projects, and an incredible amount of over £24,500 was raised.

Why make a Will

Around 27 million adults in the UK do not have a will. Dying without a will means the law will run its course, often against your wishes.

Why Make a Will

The formal term for passing away with no valid will is ‘dying intestate’. If this happens your money, possessions and property will be divided up according to the law, and your loved ones could stand to inherit nothing.
If you are unmarried and die ‘intestate’, your partner would by law receive nothing. If you have children this can complicate things further, as the law often places them above your partner in the pecking order, and if you have children from a previous marriage they could be completely passed by.
Dying without a will means you have no control over who stands to inherit your assets. If you pass away with no close relatives, this could pass automatically to the government.
However, there is a simple solution. Will writing kits can be a cheap alternative option, but do you really know the long term implications of the document you are preparing? Thomas Horton LLP can draft a professional will for you, with the minimum of fuss. We offer home visits, reasonable charges and thorough advice, to ensure that your loved ones are taken care of after you die.
The sooner you plan ahead, the sooner your assets will be secure for the future.

Why plan ahead

• You can specify exactly who your benefactors are – leaving what you want to whom you want
• You can nominate your children’s guardians – if you have children under 18 and the worst does happen, you need to plan ahead for their future.
• You can state who your executors are – choosing the people you trust will make sure your will is properly adhered to.
• You can set out your wishes for specific possessions – making sure those keepsakes pass to the loved one it will mean the most to.
• You can write a joint will – not only does this align your wishes with each other, it’s also possible to get a discount.

Legal 500 success

We are delighted to announce that once again Thomas Horton LLP has been recognised as being amongst the best law firms in the UK by the prestigious ‘Legal 500’ listings.

Judging involves a detailed submission process and the independent interviewing of our clients.

This is a powerful endorsement of the quality of our work, as well as the care and attention dedicated to, and recognised by, our clients.

Congratulations Hannah Watson

After 5 years working at Thomas Horton Hannah Watson decided to further her career by undertaking a specialist paralegal qualification in Wills, Probate and Administration.

Congratulations Hannah

Congratulations Daniel Southall

We are delighted to announce that Daniel Southall has accepted an offer of a Training Contract with Thomas Horton LLP.

With two Bachelor degrees on Sociology and in Law already, Dan has recently obtained a Masters Degree in Law as well as passing the LPC, all by studying part time and working as a Legal Assistant with us.

The firm has been impressed by Daniel’s attitude at work, and also by the dedication and organisation skills he has demonstrated by juggling work and study with such success.

Congratulations Daniel.

Sara Atkinson joins Thomas Horton LLP

Having qualified as a Solicitor in 2007, Sara has joined Thomas Horton LLP’s Wills Trusts and Probate Department as an Associate Solicitor.

Sara provides clear, concise and considerate advice to clients on matters including Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Probate, Intestacy and Estate Administration.

DD: 01527 592747


Emily O’Keefe becomes an Associate Solicitor

On the 1st September 2018 Emily O’Keefe was promoted to Associate Solicitor.

This achievement is in recognition of Emily’s hard work, performance and attitude since joining Thomas Horton LLP in 2012 as a trainee solicitor.

As well as administering estates and preparing Wills, Emily also specialises in the drafting and registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney in both Property and Finances and matters concerning an individual’s Health and Welfare.

In addition, Emily is a “Dementia Friend” which assists her in carrying out Court of Protection work in relation to Deputyship Orders which are often for the benefit of vulnerable people and their loved ones.

Congratulations Emily

Legal Advice by Emma Plant

When it comes to buying or selling your property, it can be an extremely stressful time.

Your house is probably the most valuable asset that you will ever own, and you want to be sure of a good job. Some may choose to carry out their own conveyancing without the need of a solicitor, however this can lead to complications and delays, especially if you don’t have a legal background or understand the legal terminology.

Selling a property can be a minefield when it comes to understanding the rights, covenants and obligations which are contained within your title documents. By instructing a solicitor, you can rest easy knowing that they will fully check the transfer of legal title from one person to another and will highlight any issues with you in order for you to make an informed decision on whether to proceed with your property sale or purchase.

There are many solicitors specialising in property law, whether they be based in the local area, further afield or even online, but with so much choice available how do you decide which solicitor is right for you?

One of the major factors for most people will be cost, but you should always beware a false economy! Often the cheapest option is to use an online conveyancer or solicitors who are out of the area. These options may appeal, especially to those who have busy lives and can’t get to their local solicitors. An electronic transaction conducted without ever seeing your solicitor might seem very convenient, but the high volume, low overheads approach of companies is often their biggest failing.

When it comes to selling your home, some things should be more important than cutting corners where costs are concerned. Using online conveyancers or out of area solicitors are likely to have no local knowledge of the area, you will be unlikely to ever meet your solicitor face to face and in most cases are allocated a team, not an individual qualified solicitor. This can make getting an update on your sale or purchase a difficult and frustrating process, and often leads to delays. If either of the above is your chosen option then we urge you to be cautious.

Using a local firm which knows the area ensures that you have the freedom to drop in on your solicitor, sign paperwork or provide documents at your convenience, while also ensuring that your matter is in capable hands. A face-to-face, personal approach is particularly useful if you are working to a deadline and need to avoid unnecessary delays, especially as most documents in conveyancing require a “wet” signature, (the real thing!) and scanned copies are often not acceptable.  A local solicitor also has local knowledge and will have carried out a number of transactions in your area, helping you avoid pitfalls that could easily derail an online transaction.

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