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Lara Branson provides legal advice and advocacy in family law and estate law matters. Lara’s practice has been primarily focused on these areas since her call to the bar in 2015.
She regularly advocates for clients’ interests in the British Columbia Supreme Court and the British Columbia Provincial Court. While Lara has substantial court experience, she works hard to resolve disputes early on, helping her clients avoid the costs and challenges of going to trial.
In her family law practice, Lara advises clients with marriage agreements, separation agreements, support, property division, parenting issues and divorce. In her estate practice, Lara has focused on the area of wills variation. Lara has developed an expertise in representing estates in family law matters and well as issues relating to guardianship of children.
In addition to her legal practice, Lara has written several papers for continuing legal education courses in the areas of family law and estate law. Recently, Lara and Mark Slay presented their paper, “Can We Still Be Friends? Family Law Issues in Estate Law”, at the Pacific Business and Law Institute. Lara also volunteers with Access Pro Bono and the North Shore Women’s Centre family law legal clinic.
Outside the office, Lara enjoys skiing and travelling. She also sits on the board of the Vancouver Improv Festival. Although Lara is not an improviser on stage, she is able to think on the spot in court and pursue creative, convincing lines of argument.
- Mark Slay & Lara Branson, An Update of: We Are Family: Family Law Issues in Estate Law, Pacific Business & Law Institute, January 30, 2020.
- Mark Slay & Lara Branson, Fooling Around or Just Fooling Yourself: Marriage-Like Relationships in British Columbia, Family Law Advocates Group (FLAG), March 27, 2019.
- Mark Slay & Lara Branson, We Are Family: Family Law Issues in Estate Law, Pacific Business & Law Institute, January 29, 2019.
- Mark Slay & Lara Branson, What’s Love got to do with it? “Gift of a Gift”, tracing, following and the meaning of “property derived from” under the Family Law Act, Pacific Business & Law Institute, October 6, 2016.
- Dinyar Marzban, Q.C. and Lara Branson, Determination of Income Under Sections 17 and 18 of the Federal Child Support Guidelines, Continuing Leal Education Society of British Columbia Family Law Conference, July 2015.
- Dinyar Marzban, Q.C. and Lara Branson, Lump Sum Spousal Support, Pacific Business & Law Institute, April 2015.
- Grace Choi, Q.C. (as she then was) and Lara Branson, Making it Last: Agreements under the Family Law Act, Pacific Business & Law Institute, April 2015
- Member, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)