Laurence S. Klass | Watson Goepel Vancouver Lawyers

Laurence S. Klass* Partner

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“I help clients focus in on the key issues early in the process, so as a team we can be as efficient as possible. I strive to keep conflict to a minimum, and act within an ethical framework which I believe leads to better outcomes for all.”

Laurence is a Partner, and Practice Group Leader of the Family Law Group at Watson Goepel LLP. With a passion for helping families navigate difficult transitions, his practice focuses on all aspects of family law including divorce, division of family property and debt and spousal support, as well as child focused issues including child support, parenting time, guardianship and parenting responsibilities. Laurence regularly drafts all forms of family law agreements, including Separation Agreements, Prenuptial and Marriage Agreements.

Laurence’s practice emphasizes the use of mediation and negotiation to reach consensus where possible, but is a skilled litigator when required. He is a member of the BC Family Law Unbundling Roster, offering select legal tasks for clients who do not want or cannot afford full-representation.

Laurence is originally from the U.K., and practiced in London for over ten years prior to moving to Vancouver in 2007. He is an avid non-fiction reader, quiz-taker, walker and wine aficionado; French, Italian and B.C. wines in particular.

 

Education

  • BSc, Economics and Accounting, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1986
  • Certificate of Qualification, National Committee on Accreditation, Federation of Law Societies of Canada, 2008

Bar 

  • British Columbia, 2009
  • England and Wales, 1998

Publications and Presentations

  • Presenter, “Assets, Liabilities, and Family Law,” to Odlum Brown Financial Services Ltd., January 2019.
  • Co-presenter, “The Impact of V.J.F. on the Division of Family Property in British Columbia,” Webinar, Trial Lawyers Association, November 2016. 
  • Co-presenter, “Family Law Act Update,” West Vancouver Library, January, 2013. 

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, Trial Lawyers Associaton of British Columbia
  • Member, Law Society of BC
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Family Law and Unbundled Legal Services sections
  • Member, Vancouver Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of England and Wales
  • Past Member, Children’s Panel Accredited Solicitors in England and Wales 2001-2007
  • Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of  England and Wales, 1998

* Practicing through a Professional Law Corporation.

Recent news from Laurence S. Klass

21 September 2020

Back-to-school and COVID-19: When parents disagree

With many educational institutions across B.C. open to returning students this fall, parents of school-aged children have had to face the difficult decision of whether to send their child back to school or to continue their education at home for the near future. While the B.C. government has created a detailed plan for the return…

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COVID-19 & Parenting - Young Daughter with Mask

2 April 2020

COVID-19 and parenting time: Making it work

Managing parenting time schedules during a pandemic is an issue that has come to the fore, and parents are quite rightly asking what they should be doing to maximize safety while each still getting the appropriate amount of time with their children. The BC Health Minister Bonnie Henry was recently asked how COVID 19 would…

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Laurence Klass - Common Pitfalls for Family Law Clients

7 February 2020

Common pitfalls for family law clients

Published in The Lawyer’s Daily, Partner Laurence Klass outlines some of the common mistakes made by separating and divorcing couples that he encounters in his practice. Examples include selling the family home and splitting the proceeds equally without considering the implications, DIY separation agreements, failing to recognize time limitation periods, and more.

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15 November 2019

Till debt do us part: dividing liabilities

When most people think of family law cases, their minds turn to the dilemma of fairly dividing the family assets (in other words, “matrimonial property”): the house, the car, the pensions, perhaps the heirloom grandfather clock in the dining room. The flip side of the coin, however, is frequently less straightforward. What is the best…

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