Claire Atkinson

Profession: Head of Wills & Probate Department/Solicitor

Area of Expertise: Wills & Probate

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For many years Claire worked within the Financial Services industry as a qualified Financial Adviser, until she joined a local firm of Solicitors in September 2007, where she worked as a Paralegal within their Private Client Department gaining experience and knowledge within their Wills, Probate and Court of Protection Teams.

Whilst working full time, Claire also studied during the evenings at Manchester Metropolitan University where she obtained a 2.1 LLB hons degree. Claire continued with her studies and ultimately qualified as a Solicitor on 15th May 2014.

Claire joined the firm in January 2015 to assist in the day to day running of the Wills and Probate Team. Claire now heads up the team across 4 offices. The team advise clients in all matters relating to:-

  • Preparing a Will and undertaking appropriate tax planning
  • Preparing Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Obtaining a Grant of Representation
  • Advising executors, administrators and beneficiaries
  • Estate administration
  • Setting up and running of trusts
  • Applying for Court of Protection Orders & Statutory Wills
  • Court of Protection management
  • Preparing  and running Personal Injury Trusts

Claire is a Full Accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly. In order to be a fully accredited SFE member, lawyers must have a minimum of three years’ experience advising in areas of older client law and have completed the Older Client Care in Practice Award – a qualification which demonstrates the specialist client care skills that enable lawyers to advise and support older and vulnerable clients. Members are also required to continuously update their knowledge with training and produce an annual statement of competence, which ensures they maintain their expertise.