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I help vulnerable and incapacitated clients, their families and carers by providing legal support when they need it most. I also help them navigate complex areas such as safeguarding, care funding and financial abuse.

My specialisms range from wills and probate to court of protection applications and issues surrounding mental capacity. I’ve worked with a range of clients of all ages and backgrounds, including people with dementia and those with learning difficulties.

I provide advice in a clear, easy to understand way. I raise awareness of legal issues around mental capacity and provide pro-bono talks and legal advice clinics to charities and organisations, including the Local Authority and the Police.

“Expert and reliable help” – praise for Private Client Partner following creation of trust

Tonina Ashby, Partner and Notary Public in the Private Client team, was recently contacted to help advise on the creation of a Disabled Person’s Trust for the relative of a client. A disabled person’s trust is a trust which can protect a disabled person who could be vulnerable to financial abuse or exploitation. It’s a way of managing money and assets if the person is unable to do it themselves. As part of the Older and Vulnerable People team, Tonina’s expertise was invaluable in the creation of the trust. A previous trust was closed in favour of the new one, with the funds transferred. Tonina’s client provided this testimonial following the creation of the trust: “It’s been a great reassurance to have such expert and reliable help.”
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Will update leads to testimonial for Private Client Partner

When her client looked to update her will, a local Financial Adviser contacted Private Client Partner and Notary Public Tonina Ashby for help. Tonina travelled to meet the client in a residential home, discussed her requirements and prepared a new will for signature. The client wished to sign her will outside of the office and Tonina was able to guide her through the arrangements for signing to ensure the will was validly completed. Following on from Tonina’s visit, her client provided a testimonial for her. She said: “I found Tonina was most approachable and prompt to answer calls. It was easy to contact her and receive appropriate advice.” Tonina is looking forward to helping other clients update their wills in the future.
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Don’t believe everything you read on the internet! There are a lot of myths around care funding – it is always best to seek professional advice

Making a will or lasting power of attorney is not just for ‘older people’. These are important documents which provide you with choice control and clarity

Cheap isn’t always cheerful when it comes to wills. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is!

My frequently asked questions

Can I transfer my house to my child to avoid paying for care?

The rules around this can be complex, but the short answer is this doesn’t work. You can transfer assets to your children as a gift, but this exposes you to a lot of risk and won’t protect you from care fees. Any transfers you make with the intention of avoiding fees could be seen as deliberate deprivation of assets – and you may be treated as though you never made the transfer.

I have dementia – can I make a will or power of attorney?

Yes. Having dementia does not necessarily prevent you from making legal documents such as these. It all depends on your ability to understand the information required.

What is deputyship?

It is the process for managing financial affairs (most commonly) for someone who can no longer make financial decisions themselves. A deputy acts like an attorney.

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