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Claire James

Solicitor

Specialism

Claire specialises in disputes relating to contentious trusts and probate and cohabitation.  In particular Claire’s work focuses on:-

Contentious Trusts and Probate

  • Claims for financial provision where a person has been excluded from a loved ones Will or isn’t eligible to inherit under the intestacy rules
  • Invalid Wills
  • Claims against executors and administrators who have failed to deal with an estate properly
  • Representing executors and administrators where a claim is brought against the estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975

Court of Protection

Claire acts for deputies seeking to recover money that has been wrongly taken from people who aren’t able to look after their own finances.

She also assists people who have been accused of taking money from the person whose finances they manage.

Cohabitation Disputes

Claire can help you prepare a Cohabitation Agreement with your partner, setting out the financial details of your relationship. This can include how you own your property and how you will deal with the property should your relationship break down.

When buying a property with a partner it’s important that you seek advice on how best to protect your investment, particularly if you are making unequal contributions to the purchase price or if a family member is helping fund your deposit. If you fail to protect your interest in your property you may find that your partner is entitled to half the value of your home even if they have not made any contribution to the purchase price or mortgage payments.

If your relationship has come to an end and you can’t agree how to deal with your property, Claire can help you negotiate a settlement or advise you about applying to Court.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Law degree 2012
  • Qualified as a Solicitor in 2014
  • Full Member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (CTAPS)
  • Has specialised in cohabitation disputes, probate disputes and court of protection disputes since 2015

Supervised by Elizabeth Fry

Satisfied Clients

'Myself and my family owe Claire a huge thank you. Without her help and advice we would not have reached the desired outcome.'

'My thanks to Claire for all her help at such a difficult time.'

'Claire showed great patience in dealing with my many questions.'

'I was pleased with the way that Claire kept me notified of exactly what was going on during my probate dispute and I would like to say a big thank you for all the help, understanding and assistance I received.'

'Claire's prompt responses to my queries were much appreciated, as was her helpful guidance in preparing my witness statements.'

'I would to thank everyone at Wards Solicitors for the help I received. It was a bad time for me but I'm really humble for the assistance you gave me.'

'Everyone was very helpful to myself and my parents during a very difficult time for us. Everything was explained in a way that we could understand.'

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