Bookers & Bolton Solicitors

Bookers & Bolton Solicitors We have been serving the people of Alton for over 120 years. Based on the High Street we offer excellence in the following areas of law: Property, Business, Wills, Probates and Trusts, Personal Injury, Family and Immigration.
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Operating as usual

'Matthew Porter has been extremely helpful and supplied all of the information I required'.  Lovely feedback for our Pri...
03/03/2021

'Matthew Porter has been extremely helpful and supplied all of the information I required'.

Lovely feedback for our Private Client team. Well done Matthew!

If you would like to discuss making a Will or LPA then please contact us today on 01420 82881.

25/02/2021
East Hampshire District Council

https://fb.watch/3TbpLhU507/

The UK government has released this very informative video which details each stage of the Roadmap out of lockdown.

The video lasts just over 5 minutes, but please watch to the end to find out about the full plan.

Dates mentioned in the video are not set at this point, so please continue to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.

Together we can get through this.

How interesting!
23/02/2021

How interesting!

Continuing our "On Home Ground" mini series, this time we welcome you to Anglo Saxon Alton and share some highlights of living in Alton, Hampshire.

Alton is mentioned in the Domesday Book as far back as 1086. It is a traditional market town and over past decades has been associated with a variety of industries from hop growing and beer making to barrel making and tanning in the production of leather goods.

Surrounded by open country and farmland, Alton occupies an excellent location between Farnham (9 miles) to the northeast and Winchester (16 miles) to the southwest. London is 52 miles. Alton’s train station has a regular fast train service into London Waterloo.

Read more here >>> https://homesea.co.uk/on-home-ground-welcome-to-anglo-saxon-alton/

#Alton #Hampshire #markettowns #localestateagency #estateagents #homebuyers #placestoviistinHampshire #locallandmarks #AONB #JaneAusten #Chawton #localhistory #LondonWaterloo

East Hants Police
04/02/2021

East Hants Police

As a survivor of sexual violence or abuse, you’re entitled to support whether you report the crime or not. You can access different types of support depending on how you’re feeling and what you decide to do next. All your rights are set out in full in the Victims’ Code.

Visit http://orlo.uk/ZZURa to see the support on offer.

5 times in life you should make or change your Will.
04/02/2021
5 times in life you should make a will

5 times in life you should make or change your Will.

5 times in life you should make a will Many people think making a will is for older people, that's not true.

Congratulations to our amazing Property Department for gaining membership to the Conveyancing Quality Scheme again this ...
27/01/2021

Congratulations to our amazing Property Department for gaining membership to the Conveyancing Quality Scheme again this year, proving we are meeting their high standards despite the difficulties the world has been facing.

Catch our Practice Manager, Paula Langley, this Wednesday from 7pm, on Wey Valley Radio talking all things business.
25/01/2021
Wey Valley Radio 101.1 FM

Catch our Practice Manager, Paula Langley, this Wednesday from 7pm, on Wey Valley Radio talking all things business.

wey, valley, radio, community, alton, hampshire, radio, fm

This came up on our time hop and made me smile.  Make sure you see our business legal expert and Senior Partner, Gideon ...
25/01/2021
Smile! Grumpy Cat wins £500,000 over copyright breach

This came up on our time hop and made me smile.

Make sure you see our business legal expert and Senior Partner, Gideon Cristofoli, to make sure your contracts are legally binding.

Grumppuchino anyone?

Owners of internet sensation with permanently gloomy face win payout from US coffee group

Bookers & Bolton Solicitors
23/01/2021

Bookers & Bolton Solicitors

Does your agent and conveyancer give you an online portal you can download as an App or log in to online? At Bookers & Bolton we recognise that one of the most stressful things when buying or selling a property is knowing what’s happening and what’s next. We keep you, your agent and the other side totally up to date and in control of your matter with Perfect Update, part of the Perfect Portal suite of technology. We invest so you can relax. Call us to discuss your Conveyancing needs - residential or commercial - on 01420 82881 - and accept nothing but the best.

Leaseholders finally get a better deal from new government legislation.https://www.bookersandbolton.co.uk/property/gover...
13/01/2021
Government Reforms Make it Easier and Cheaper for Leaseholders to Buy Their Homes - Bookers and Bolton Solicitors

Leaseholders finally get a better deal from new government legislation.

https://www.bookersandbolton.co.uk/property/government-reforms-make-it-easier-and-cheaper-for-leaseholders-to-buy-their-homes/

The details below are taken from the government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-reforms-make-it-easier-and-cheaper-for-leaseholders-to-buy-their-homes Millions of leaseholders will be given a new right to extend their lease by 990 years Changes could save households from thous...

Check out how we are entering 2021, our community work and our thanks to our loyal clients.
12/01/2021
The New Year at Bookers & Bolton Solicitors - Bookers and Bolton Solicitors

Check out how we are entering 2021, our community work and our thanks to our loyal clients.

Thanks to the commitment of our fantastic employees, we continue to offer the same great service, despite the ongoing restrictions and difficulties, as we enter 2021 in yet another lockdown. We want to share with you how things have started …

As supporters of Cardiac Rehab we are happy to share their next fund raising event.  https://www.cardiac-rehab.co.uk/eve...
07/01/2021
All events

As supporters of Cardiac Rehab we are happy to share their next fund raising event. https://www.cardiac-rehab.co.uk/events

Wednesday Winter Webinar series will entertain and amuse you, whilst helping us with our fundraising which has suffered immensely during the COVID crisis. With a different speaker each month, there will be something for everyone to get involved with.

Our fourth webinar features local historian Tony Cross discussing how Alton developed during the period Queen Victoria was on the throne.

Basingstoke & Alton Cardiac Rehab provides exercise & health education for post-op rehabilitation & the prevention of the onset of coronary heart disease.

What a great way to start the New Year with wonderful feedback for our Property Department.  We know how especially stre...
07/01/2021

What a great way to start the New Year with wonderful feedback for our Property Department. We know how especially stressful moving has been this past year and we are proud to be able to support our clients through it.

"I wanted to thank you and your team for all the work you've put into achieving this move. It's been quite a ride to be honest, but with your help we achieved it - phew.

Be rest assured that should any legal services be required again, Bookers & Bolton will be at the top the list."

Conveyancing continues despite changes in lockdown.  Our property department is carrying on as normal as estate agents, ...
05/01/2021

Conveyancing continues despite changes in lockdown. Our property department is carrying on as normal as estate agents, removal companies and other related services are still able to work. Please contact our team if you have concerns on 01420 82881 but we anticipate no issues at present with the way your matters are progressing.

It’s a stressful time so here are some other helpful numbers if you are finding it hard to cope.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! We are open and ready for what the new year will bring.  Most of us remain working from home and Fran Li...
04/01/2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We are open and ready for what the new year will bring. Most of us remain working from home and Fran Light and Teresa Moss are in the office to take in documents, do ID checks and other drop in tasks.

Our service is operating as efficiently as it always did with technology helping us to keep up to date with everything we need from our home offices.

We have some New Year special offers below so why not make this the time to set up a new Will or use us for your Conveyancing?

We wish you all a healthy and happy new year.

Christmas virtual meal with our wonderful team!  Merry Christmas everyone! 🎄🎄🎄
23/12/2020

Christmas virtual meal with our wonderful team! Merry Christmas everyone! 🎄🎄🎄

It’s been a tough year and we would like to thank all of our clients for trusting in our new way of working and our wond...
21/12/2020

It’s been a tough year and we would like to thank all of our clients for trusting in our new way of working and our wonderful team for keeping going under difficult circumstances. You have truly risen to the occasion and we are proud of you!

This week we close at 1pm on the 23 December so we can enjoy a virtual Christmas meal together. We are closing for Christmas at 12pm on Christmas Eve and will reopen on Monday 4 Jan.

Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas and hoping 2021 will be kinder to us all.

We remain working predominantly from home to keep us all safe.  If you need to see a lawyer then give us a call - we are...
17/12/2020

We remain working predominantly from home to keep us all safe. If you need to see a lawyer then give us a call - we are here for you.

Coronavirus update: East Hampshire district will remain in coronavirus tier two - high alert - following the tiering review released today (Dec 17). A user-friendly guide to what this means is available: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know#high-alert

Please continue to check our website regularly for the latest support available to residents and businesses: https://www.easthants.gov.uk/

16/12/2020

We want to update our website photographs. What says Alton to you?

Our departments are:
Family
Wills & Probate
Commercial/employment/business
Property

What would you take photos of?

We are proud to support Alton Infant School and thank them for supporting us and other local businesses with this wonder...
14/12/2020

We are proud to support Alton Infant School and thank them for supporting us and other local businesses with this wonderful catalogue.

A huge thank you from all of us at the HSA for your generous contributions to be featured in the Winter fundraising catalogue. This was emailed out to parents last week and has been well received

Just down the road from our office this is a great addition to our town. We wish them every success. Buy local!
03/12/2020

Just down the road from our office this is a great addition to our town. We wish them every success. Buy local!

It’s been wonderful meeting all of our lovely customers who have been able to make it to the shop already!

For those who haven’t been able to pop by yet, here is a list of everything we have. We will be looking to grow with demand so please do let us know what else you would like to be able to buy.

Our website will launch very soon 👀so watch this space...

Don’t forget, Thursdays we are open till 7pm!

Look forward to seeing you soon 💚

Night time view from our offices!
25/11/2020

Night time view from our offices!

Congratulations from us all!
24/11/2020

Congratulations from us all!

We wanted to share some happy news with you; at the weekend our Deputy Health Programme Manager said YES!
Many Congratulations to Sandra & Clive on their Engagement. We wish them much happiness for the future 💍🍾 ❤️

More lovely feedback for Matthew Porter and the team and our helpful receptionist, Fran Light.
24/11/2020

More lovely feedback for Matthew Porter and the team and our helpful receptionist, Fran Light.

Great feedback for Matthew Porter and the Wills & Probate team and our Property Department.  We are so proud that our te...
23/11/2020

Great feedback for Matthew Porter and the Wills & Probate team and our Property Department. We are so proud that our teams are getting so much praise during such difficult times.

"Excellent service from Matthew Porter. Provided letters of wishes in addition to our Wills and the guidance provided throughout was greatly appreciated. You also dealt with our house purchase and our daughter's so we would always use you from now on."

We can't ask for more than that!

Homes Estate Agents are running this competition.  Kids Christmas Art Competition with a ‘COVID’ DifferenceSomething to ...
20/11/2020
Kids Christmas Art Competition with a 'COVID' Difference – Homes Estate Agents

Homes Estate Agents are running this competition.

Kids Christmas Art Competition with a ‘COVID’ Difference

Something to keep the kids busy in the run-up to Xmas!

Get them to exercise their imaginations and enter the Homes Xmas Art Competition by designing a special Christmas Card. This should depict Santa doing his best to deliver presents, but making sure he sticks to the current Covid guidelines!

Two age categories 5 & under and 6 to 10 years with hobby voucher prizes for the winners and runners up.

They can start drawing or painting their ideas now! For full details please click the link below. https://homesea.co.uk/kids-christmas-art-competition-with-a-covid-difference/

#artcompetition #homesestateagents #competition #christmas #kids #kidsarts #hobby #prizes

Get them to exercise their imaginations and enter the Homes Xmas Art Competition by designing a special Christmas Card. This should depict Santa doing his best to deliver presents, but making sure he sticks to the current Covid guidelines!

Why not support our local Cardiac Rehab by attending this webinar: Hear all about the gorey goings-on in sleepy Four Mar...
19/11/2020
Wednesday Winter Webinar - Four Marks Murders

Why not support our local Cardiac Rehab by attending this webinar:

Hear all about the gorey goings-on in sleepy Four Marks with local author Chris Heal.
Chris' new book will be the back-drop for this exciting webinar, finding out more about the darker side of our local history. In this true-life thriller, Chris investigates twenty local murders beginning in Roman times, over half of them since 1900 and three within the last few years. They are all here: drug runners, people traffickers, robbers and smugglers; killers of animals, of babies, young children and the senile; those who planned revenge and sought the righting of wrongs; battle slaughter, corruption in the legal processes and mob rule.

In our second webinar, hear all about the gorey goings-on in sleepy Four Marks with local author Chris Heal. Chris' new book will be the back-drop for this exciting webinar, finding out more about...

Our daily view from the office window has changed a little bit. No horse and cart and no war memorial.  Imagine if we ha...
15/11/2020

Our daily view from the office window has changed a little bit. No horse and cart and no war memorial. Imagine if we had never needed one.

Lockdown has given us the chance to search through our collections and we hope to start sharing some of the photos in our Collections - here is the Museum as it then was the Mechanics Institute and Museum with a group of men and children with a cart in front of it.

Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday Vital Information Property transactions are taking longer than usual. Delays are occurring d...
13/11/2020
Stamp Duty Holiday

Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday Vital Information

Property transactions are taking longer than usual. Delays are occurring due to many factors unique to these times; busy lenders and local authorities, conveyancers on the other side not being set up to work effectively during lockdown, sudden changes in client circumstances, backlogs at the Land and Probate Registries, and delays in the divorce courts, etc. All of these things are beyond our control.

The current national average transaction time is now 18-20 weeks (nearly 5 months). We are experiencing average times of approximately 4 months.

We will endeavour to improve on this average on as many of our transactions as possible, but please note that we cannot guarantee the time your transaction will take. This means that if your purchase does not complete on or before 31st March 2021, you will have to revert to and pay Stamp Duty under the previous rules.

Experience suggests that there is rarely such thing as a “simple transaction” and as we get nearer the 31st March deadline, it is inevitable that stress and frustration will become greater for those involved in the buying and selling of property. We are advising all our clients and potential clients to be aware of this issue and to be realistic. Plan for the worst by making sure that you have funds available to pay any additional Stamp Duty should that become necessary. Here is an online calculator to help you https://www.stampdutycalculator.org.uk/stamp-duty-holiday.htm

We also suggest you question any promises made by other legal professionals offering to guarantee a transaction time or to charge greater fees to “get it through in time”. This is not possible if they are not in control of the time all partners in the chain take.

We have chosen to be transparent with our clients and offer you this honest advice at the outset. We have enough people to work on your matter and our processes are set up to be robust and efficient, if we are in lockdown or not. We promise we are working as hard as we can to get transactions completed.

We want our lawyers to be focussed on getting the work done. However, we don’t want you to feel you can’t contact us – your happiness in this process is key to our success and if you have any urgent matters you need to discuss then you should be able to speak to your lawyer. To help us you could think about the amount of contact you have with us and when – if you would like a regular update by phone or email, beyond our Perfect Portal system that updates you at every key stage, please advise us so that we can book those in for you. Letting us know what level of support you need through this process will help keep us all moving towards completion.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other aspect of your matter, please contact the Practice Manager, Paula Langley. [email protected].

Stamp duty holiday. Stamp duty rates and calculations during the 2020/2021 stamp duty holiday.

More great feedback for Nadine and our Property team. They are doing such a fantastic job in the busy #SDLTholiday race ...
13/11/2020

More great feedback for Nadine and our Property team. They are doing such a fantastic job in the busy #SDLTholiday race to complete. #conveyancing #property #Hampshire #legal

What fantastic feedback for Debbie Taylor and our conveyancing team.
10/11/2020

What fantastic feedback for Debbie Taylor and our conveyancing team.

French Horn
06/11/2020

French Horn

We will be delivering homemade food cooked to order throughout the lockdown including Sunday Roasts as usual.
Please see the menu below.
Collections also welcome.
To pre-order your food please call us on 01420 83629
Or order online: http://www.frenchhorn.co.uk/online-ordering
Delivery times:
Monday 6pm - 8.30pm
Wed - Thu 6pm - 8.30pm
Fri - Sun 12pm - 8.30pm
Closed on Tuesdays.

Address

6 High Street
Alton
GU34 1BT

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

0142082881

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