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Tonina Ashby, Partner and Notary Public

Private Client

Direct Dial: 01604 463 167
Mobile: 07468 014 117

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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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Statutory wills – why are they useful?

A statutory will can be made for an individual who has lost the mental capacity…

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Safeguarding and protection from financial abuse

Safeguarding is everybody’s business. The most vulnerable people in society, those who lack mental capacity,…

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Gifting applications

Attorneys and deputies are restricted in relation to gifts they can make on behalf of…

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Care funding

Care funding is a hot topic and a cause of concern and worry for many…

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Trustee orders – what you need to know

The Court of Protection may need to make a trustee order to appoint someone to…

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Personal injury trusts (also known as compensation protection trusts)

Trusts can be created to protect compensation received in personal injury and clinical negligence settlements.…

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Guidance on mental capacity

Mental capacity is the term given to define when a person is capable of understanding…

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Local authority care funding

Care funding can be a cause of concern for many people. Getting the right advice…

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Support for attorneys and deputies

Attorneys and deputies are people who are authorised to make decisions on behalf of another…

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