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Claudia I. Pringles

Estate planning Attorney at Montpelier, VT

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State VT
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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About Claudia

Learn Claudia’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Practice focused on Estate Planning, Special Needs Planning, and Probate.

    16 years

  2. Probate
    Assisting executors and administrators with the probate process.

    8 years

The Law Office of Claudia I. Pringles, PLLC is dedicated to estate planning, special needs planning, and probate. Serving the state of Vermont.

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Law Office of Claudia I. Pringles
3 Pitkin Court
Suite 102
Montpelier, VT, 05602


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Posted by Terry | June 6, 2015
setting up a special needs trust for my son
Claudia was very thorough and offered excellent examples of content for this unique trust. She explained how it could be used and not used for his benefit. Her subject knowledge was very important as it helped me anticipate future expectations for my son's quality of life. Her preparation of materials was exemplary, submitted in a very clear and understandable document. I most appreciate that she did not try to use jargon or vagaries regarding the aspects of this trust. She was very understandable speaking in very plain language in her answers to my questions and concerns. I especially appreciate how accessible she is. For this kind of trust, a special needs trust, I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Mitya | May 7, 2015
An excellent guide through a confusing process
I utilized Claudia Pringles' services after attending an educational workshop she ran at my local High School. She set up my son's Special Needs Trust and provided legal support through tough times with my son's IEP team. Her advice and encouragement was invaluable. It is easy to be intimidated by people who speak as though they know more than you, but Claudia was very clear on what my son's rights were and gave me the strength to advocate on his behalf successfully. "Don't give away the goat!" Thanks to Claudia I never will.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2015
Ph.D. w/ some formal training in autism
As a Ph.D. with some formal legal training in autism-related education issues, I never imagined I would require the assistance of an attorney to rectify an essentially problem with my child's program. A component was missing that could be easily added; without this component, the child had demonstrably regressed, and I had the video to prove it. Yet I met resistance several times across 6 months, as the problem intensified. I discovered that merely slapping down my law books with the pertinent passage was getting me nowhere. And while I did my best to be dispassionate and was never impolite, my stomach was in knots and I was finding myself having to work not to lose my temper. I know there's an old saying, "The lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client." In representing my child, I was much in the same position. I needed someone who, while knowing the law, could remain emotionally detached and professional. A friend had enthusiastically recommended Claudia I. Pringles, Esq. to me. She put me immediately at my ease. She listened respectfully (including during the ranting-and-raving part of my exposition). She interrupted only when, driven by emotion, I was unclear, but otherwise listened patiently. (And this was for our first meeting, for which she did not charge.) Claudia was AMAZING. She accompanied me to a meeting I'd arranged with the essential parties. She was gracious to everyone, and approached the problem not as if we were filming an episode of Law and Order (my style) but as a subtle but skilled negotiator. She acknowledged the school's concerns, and offered as one of several suggestions a means of neutralizing any consequences to them. At the same time, she never backed down as to what my child needed. Her focus was always how, together as a team, we could surmount any hurdle. One meeting - and the problem was solved, with everyone leaving the room feeling good about themselves, my child, my advisor, and me. I know other attorneys in this field who would have been good. But two have a more diffuse focus in this area and others handle other areas of law, as well. I wanted someone who eat, slept, and breathed special education law - and I have yet to hear of anyone I would turn to other than Claudia Pringles.
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Work Experience

  • Solo Practioner
  • Law Office of Claudia I. Pringles, PLLC
  • 2007 - Present


  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Pitzer College (Claremont)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In Re (private)


  • Friends of the Bridge Board (newspaper)
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Heart of Vermont-BNI
  • Chapter President
  • 2017 - Present
  • Vermont Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Advocacy Award
  • Autism Speaks
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Vermont Family Network Annual Conference
  • Special Needs Planning
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Education Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Claudia is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Education Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."