Claire joined Leathes Prior as a Trainee Solicitor in 2013 before qualifying into the Wills, Trusts & Powers of Attorney Team in September 2015. She has since been made an Associate in May 2019. She undertakes work in all areas of Wills and Trusts including the preparation of basic mirror Wills, Life Interest Trust Wills and Discretionary Trust Wills, and the preparation of Trust documents including setting up family Trusts, arranging the distribution of assets out of Trusts, bringing Trusts to an end and advising Trustees on their duties. As well as drafting these documents Claire can provide advice on making these arrangements in the most tax efficient way and can also offer advice regarding care home fee planning.
Claire is experienced in Estate administration and has represented the Executors/ Administrators of a variety of Estates including particularly valuable Estates, insolvent Estates, Estates with assets held abroad and estates where there is no Will.
Other specialisms include Court of Protection work including Property and Finance Deputyship applications, Health and Welfare Deputyship applications and any other applications to the Court surrounding these roles.
Claire is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners having achieved a distinction in the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates- England and Wales. Claire was awarded the highest scoring Diploma graduate in England and Wales, for more details see here.
Claire volunteers at Age UK providing free legal advice to some of the most vulnerable and isolated members of society.