Claire joined Kiriak Law in January 2018, after articling under Marilyn Sheckter at the Legal Family Crisis Clinic in Edmonton. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta Juris Doctor program and was called to the Alberta Bar in 2017.
People who know Claire say she genuinely cares about people and is a good problem solver, qualities that make her the ideal lawyer to handle Family Law legal cases, her primary focus as an Associate of Kiriak Law. “In a divorce or child custody dispute, emotions can run high,” she notes. “Managing those emotions is just as important as addressing the legal issues.”
She encourages every client to be open to new ideas. “It is never a good idea to go into a legal matter with fixed ideas,” she explains. “The best approach for your situation may be something you never even imagined. It is my job to find that solution and in the process help my client save time and money.”
Anyone meeting Claire for the first time will immediately notice that her first priority is to hear the client’s needs and concerns. “I listen very carefully to what the client has to say because my plan of action will be based in large part on the information I gather from the client. Also, I want to get a sense of who my client is as a person and I want the client to connect with me in the same way. That is very important.”
Best results are achieved when the client and lawyer work together closely, she says. “You should never leave everything to your lawyer,” she says. “It is far better to work as a team with a clear division of responsibilities between the client and the lawyer. For example, the client can help move things along by acting promptly on any actions requested by a lawyer. Time matters in any legal case.”
In addition to offering Family law legal services, Claire also assists clients of Kiriak Law who are buying and selling real estate.
Claire’s personal interests include running, riding horses, and travelling.
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