Legal Services

I am Ann-Marie Matthews. I am a qualified solicitor with over two decades of experience in the industry, I have a proven track record of delivering quality legal services to my clients.


From £1,750+VAT+ Court Fee of £371.

A Deputyship order is needed when an individual lacks the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves and has not previously made an LPA.

From £400+VAT+ Court Fee of £82/document

Feel safe and secure with an LPA; a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows someone to appoint one or more individuals to make decisions on their behalf if they become unable to do so themselves

Hourly Basis or Bespoke Care Pack at £800+VAT

I can advise on the different types of care that are available to you or your loved ones. This may include residential care, nursing care, home care or daycare.

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I can advise you or your loved ones on the benefits you are eligible for. I also advise on any potential risks or downsides of claiming certain benefits, such as the impact on their tax or benefits in the future.

From £300+VAT

It is important to have a valid and up-to-date will in place in order to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes after you pass away.

Hourly Basis

As a solicitor, I would administer my client’s affairs using their Power of Attorney by acting on their behalf and making decisions in their best interest, such as managing their finances, paying bills, and making investments.

Hourly Basis

A trust is a powerful legal arrangement that allows individuals to safeguard and manage their assets for the benefit of themselves or others.

From £300+VAT

If your loved one left a valid Will, our probate services are tailored to streamline the process. We assist the named executor in applying for probate, gathering and valuing assets, settling debts and taxes, and ultimately distributing the estate according to the wishes outlined in the Will.

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Ann-Marie Matthews was excellent. Listened to both us and our daughter with Cerebral Palsy. Fully assessed our needs and actioned these to a high standard. Was professional but approachable at all times. Kept us updated with progress and actioned any issues promptly. Always happy to advise on related issues
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Our dealings with Ann-Marie Matthews were brilliant with arranging our Lasting Power of Attorney, she was excellent at explaining what was required and made the whole process very straightforward.
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Ann-Marie is extremely supportive, very professional, very knowledgeable, efficient, extremely approachable and her kindness was very much appreciated. I would without hesitation recommend her
"An excellent experience"
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She was very professional in sorting out our legal problem. She ensured we were kept fully up to date with progress and was clear and concise with all communications. She gave us confidence that she understood the issues and had a clear plan to resolve them, which she did in good time. An excellent experience.


Legally it is possible for you to write your own Will, however, I strongly advise against doing this. Without proper legal advice, you may get the drafting wrong and this could lead to your Will being invalid, or not covering all of your assets upon your death.
Yes, this is absolutely fine, however, you need to consider carefully who the most appropriate person is to deal with your estate when you have passed away.
You can wait, however, I would advise you to make your LPA as soon as possible as none of us know what the future holds. Don’t forget, you can only draft an LPA while you have the capacity. Therefore, if anything happened that meant you lost your capacity, it would then be too late to draft an LPA.
Currently, the OPG are taking up to 16 weeks to register an LPA.
This is an order appointed by the Court, proving that person with legal authority to act on behalf of another person in relation to his/her financial affairs. That person generally lacks the capacity to grant an LPA and therefore the Court grant a Deputyship order instead.
The simple answer is ‘yes’, however, the reality is that the Court of Protection does not like granting these orders unless the client in question is extremely vulnerable and there are certain circumstances that make him or her vulnerable to suffering harm or abuse.
The basic tax thresholds mean that everyone has a ‘nil rate band’ of £325,000 which can be given away free from inheritance Tax. Further, if you have a property which you leave to direct descendants, you may be able to claim an extra £175,000. This means that in certain circumstances you may not pay Inheritance Tax if your estate is worth under £500,000. Every situation is different and this is why having a properly written and structured Will in place is very important.
You will enter what I call ‘intestate’. This means that your estate will pass to a set of people in a manner which has been pre-determined by the government. This means you will lose all control over where your assets are left and it could result in arguments between the loved ones you leave behind. It is therefore vital to have a properly written WIll in place.
In essence, the answer is ‘yes’, however, if you have Inheritance Tax issues or if you are receiving care and benefits or any sort I would advise you to take proper legal advice prior to the making of any such gifts.