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Overview

Claire is known for her compassionate approach in the area of private wealth.

Claire advises individuals, families, businesses and farms on the complex and often difficult decisions surrounding succession and transfer of wealth. Her practice includes:

  • Estate planning
  • Farm planning
  • Business succession planning
  • Complex trusts
  • Planned giving
  • Charitable deductions
  • Nonprofit compliance

Claire also works with large nonprofit organizations on compliance, disclosure and tax issues related to planned giving.

While in law school, Claire interned for the Hon. Magistrate Judge Teresa J. James, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, where she gained valuable experience in civil litigation cases. This background allows her to proactively draft strong agreements for clients.


Service

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
    • magna cum laude
    • UMKC Law Review, Lead Commit Editor and Staff Member
    • Miller’s Foundation Scholar
    • Vice Chancellor's Honor Recipient
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Property, Civil Procedure
  • B.S., Kansas State University
    • summa cum laude
    • Kansas State University Leadership Scholar
    • Student Foundation

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
Featured Experience

A Unique Understanding of Farm Planning

Claire’s connection to agriculture reaches far beyond her education and legal experience. She particularly enjoys working with rural clients because she grew up as an active Kansas 4-H member and still enjoys going to her local county fair each year. She understands the unique aspect of wealth transfer and estate planning within farming, and is skilled at developing complex tax-advantaged giving and succession strategies for farming clients.


Additional Experience
  • Handled negotiations related to sale of 300-acre farm owned by trust.
  • Aided with land transfer to prominent nonprofit.
  • Assisted with appointment of public administrator as guardian for individual.
Outside the Office

Claire creates – and collects – unique pieces at the library and from Poland.

Claire can often be found at the local library. It’s not the books that draw Claire. She recently taught herself how to use a CNC router and laser cutter housed in the library’s MakerSpace lab. She enjoys getting creative with the equipment to craft personalized gifts and home décor.

Her mother-in-law originally introduced her to handmade Polish pottery, but after studying abroad where she learned about how the pieces are crafted and used, Claire started her own collection. She enjoys the distinct blue pieces – many of which have been gifted to her from family members and friends – and enjoys using them when she cooks with her husband.

Community Leadership

As an active Kansas 4-H member growing up, Claire has been involved with the American Royal, a premier agricultural livestock organization, for many years. Claire now is a Governor at the American Royal. In this capacity, Claire develops corporate sponsorships that support agriculture education programs and school field trips for young students.