Claire C. Sykora

Claire Sykora takes it as a compliment when someone says, ‘You don’t seem like a lawyer.’

“People think of lawyers as old men in bow ties … and that’s definitely not me!”

Claire spent several years as a chef before deciding to set her apron aside and enrol in law school at Dalhousie University. And while the shift from chef to lawyer isn’t a typical career path, the law had always interested her and law school fostered her love of learning.

“I could see myself being a professional student, and, since the law is always changing, it allows me the opportunity to keep learning.”

Following law school, Claire worked in television and radio for a year. She then spent eleven years with a firm in St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia, before joining Burchell MacDougall LLP’s Halifax office in 2015. Her area of focus is residential real estate law, as well as wills and estates.

“I didn’t aspire to be part of a huge law office, so the close-knit nature of Burchell MacDougall is important to me. We have the personal feel of a small office, but with access to the experience and resources of a large firm.”

That personal feel extends to her clients; “There’s a perception that working with a lawyer is an intimidating process, but I try to make my clients as comfortable as possible. My goal is simply to service their needs the best I can.”

Claire still loves spending time in the kitchen, especially during the winter months, cooking for her family and friends.

Experience & Background

Experience & Background

Practice Areas

Real Property

Corporate Commercial

Wills and Estates



Professional Qualifications & Education:

Nova Scotia Bar Admission (2003)

Dalhousie University, LL.B. (2002)


Professional Associations & Membership in Community Organizations:

Member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society



Real Property

Representing buyers and sellers of residential and commercial real property

Representing lenders/borrowers in mortgage and refinance transactions

Representing new home contractors

Negotiating and preparing various agreements relating to real property such as agreements of purchase and sale, mortgages options, easements, etc.


Corporate Commercial Law

Assisting in the establishment of sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations

Assisting in the financing of businesses and placing of security on assets

Providing advice on corporate and commercial matters

Representing clients in the purchase and sale of businesses

Assisting in the amalgamation of companies and the voluntary wind-up of companies

Drafting agreements respecting commercial matters

Probate, Estates, Wills and Trusts

Providing advice for Executors and Administrators

Probating of wills and administration of intestate estates

Preparation of wills

Preparation of enduring powers of attorney and living wills

Assisting in ancillary probate matters for non-residents with assets in Canada



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