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Tonina Ashby, Partner and Notary Public

Private Client

Direct Dial: 01604 463 167
Mobile: 07468 014 117

A bit about me

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.

Want to know more?

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!

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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Care funding: new guidance on deprivation of capital

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has released new guidance aimed at Local Authorities…

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Case Update: LPA capacity requirements

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), which replaced Enduring Powers of Attorney in October 2007,…

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What is an executor and what do they do?

An executor is a person who is appointed under a will to submit the will…

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The limitations of a property and financial affairs LPA; why advice is essential for attorneys

Planning ahead may mean that someone wants to create a lasting power of attorney (LPA)…

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Private client team welcomes two new senior hires

Partners Tonina Ashby and Emma McCarthy have joined HCR’s strong private client team, enhancing the…

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A day in the life of …Tonina Ashby

I qualified into an area of law typically referred to as ‘private client’ or ‘wills…

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An overview of acting as an attorney versus deputy

Acting as attorney - individuals with capacity An individual with capacity may wish to create…

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Financial lasting power of attorneys: an update

In this article we will consider what exactly a lasting power of attorney is, the…

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Changes planned to the law on deprivation of liberty

What are Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)? The Supreme Court ruled in March 2014 that…

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