Farris LLP: Vancouver's Law Firm

Anna Laing*


Telephone: 604 661 1748

Facsimile: 604 661 9349

Email: alaing@farris.com

Anna’s practice bridges estates and family law and she has a particular interest in how these areas of law intersect.

Anna’s experience ranges from

  • estate litigation and estate administration, including wills variation, committeeship applications, removal of personal representatives, passing of accounts
  • estate planning
  • family law, including property division claims, support disputes, family law claims against estates, capacity to separate, and preparation of property agreements

Anna is a sought-after contributor to continuing legal education seminars in both her areas of practice and is a contributing author to the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC’s Family Law Sourcebook, and British Columbia Probate & Estate Administration Practice Manual.

Anna was admitted to UBC law after three years of undergraduate studies, graduated in 1987 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1988.  Anna joined Farris after 16 years at a local Vancouver firm and another 12 years at a national law firm.

Anna is a member of the Family Law, Vancouver Section and Wills & Trusts, Vancouver Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

*Denotes a Professional Law Corporation.


  • University of British Columbia (LL.B., 1987)


  • “Family Law and Estate Disputes” (CLEBC, Estate Litigation Basics, February 2016)
  • “No Trust in Trusts: Should You Rely on Trusts to Protect Against Property Division?” (PBLI, Hot Topics in Estate Planning, January 2016)
  • “The Boomers are Coming”, co-authored with JP Boyd (CLEBC, Elder Law Conference, November 2015)
  • “Blended Families: Family Law Tools and Issues” (CLEBC, Estate Planning for Blended Families, May 2015)
  • “The Family Law Act and the Wills, Estates and Succession Act: Selected Topics” (CLEBC, Estate Litigation Update, October 2014)
  • “Separation and Death:  The Interplay between the Family Law Act and the Wills, Estates and Succession Act” – co-authored with Helen H. Low (CLEBC, WESA for Family Lawyers, October 2014)
  • “Property Division under the Family Law Act: An Overview” (CLEBC, FLA for Estate Practitioners, June 2014)
  • “Trusts and Family Law, Part II” (PBLI, Trusts: Challenging Issues and Emerging Planning Techniques, June 2013)
  • “Marriage and Cohabitation Agreements:  Drafting and Setting Aside Agreements Under the FLA” – co-authored with Beatrice McCutcheon (CLEBC, The Family Law Act:  Everything You Always Wanted to Know, January 2013)

  • Lexpert Leading Lawyers in Canada (2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (2019)
  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" (Family Law, 2018)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Ranking (BV Distinguished)
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar (1988)