Clare Love

Clare Love

Clare qualified in 2003 and has over 20 years as a practising solicitor. She joined Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand solicitors in 2001 and was made a Partner in 2008.

In 2007, Clare was admitted as a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), a worldwide professional body which promotes the highest professional standards for its members. Becoming a ‘STEP’ member is an accomplishment that many private client solicitors strive to achieve.

Specialist areas that Clare covers include:

Wills and succession planning involving advice in relation to the transfer of assets, both in lifetime and on death, working with clients (and often their accountants, land agents and financial advisors or wealth managers) to provide a holistic and personal solution tailored to their individual circumstances and requirements. This can entail the drafting of wills involving simple specific bequests as well as more complex clauses dealings with inheritance taxes. Also trusts, and providing for vulnerable beneficiaries.

Powers of Attorney both advice and in relation to preparation and registration of Lasting Powers with the office of the Public Guardian. Clare’s work also covers applications for orders from Court of Protection for Attorneys, particularly with regard to estate planning for those who have lost capacity and their families.

Administration of Estates including complex, high value and potentially contentious matters. Clare acts as an independent Administrator appointed by the court as well as her roles as an Executor and Trustee appointed by clients. She provides advice for Executors and consequential planning for beneficiaries, including certain taxation elements during the administration and general administration and resolution of conflicts, Deeds of Variation and Disclaimers.

Creation and administration of trusts including acting for both settlors and trustees, advising on the tax implications of various courses of action, dealing with registration formalities at HM Revenue and Customs, reporting trust events and dealing with periodic charges to Inheritance Tax. Registering charitable trusts with the charity commission.

Court of Protection, Clare’s work covers such matters including applications for Statutory Wills, Lifetime Gifts, Deputyship Orders, acting as a Deputy and advising those appointed by the Court. She has applied for orders covering financial matters and actings in the administration of Deputy Orders, both on her own account and advising clients, and dealing with all reporting requirements to the Court and the Office of the Public Guardian.

Clare is a member of the Agricultural Law Association; she has a keen awareness of issues affecting the rural community and an in-depth knowledge of agricultural estates.

A highly accredited solicitor, Clare is also a member of the Private Client Section of the Law Society and is actively involved in helping clients organise their affairs to plan for the future, as well as helping them deal with the difficulties that can arise following death or incapacity.

Clare Love

Partner

Specialising in Private Client Law