Kurt grew up on a family farm near Bow Island, Alberta. He earned a B.Sc.(hon) in Neuroscience from the University of Lethbridge in 2000, followed by a J.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in 2003, and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2004. Kurt has been with the firm since July of 2003, and became a Partner in our founding firm of Stringam Denecky LLP in January of 2010. He currently serves as Regional Managing Partner for the Lethbridge office of Stringam LLP, and also chairs the firm’s Family Law Practice Group and Marketing Committee.
Throughout his legal career, Kurt has gained a broad exposure to several practice areas, including divorce and family law, civil litigation, personal injury, employment law, real estate, wills and estates, corporate/commercial, and criminal matters. Although he continues to maintain a general practice incorporating many of these areas in order to best meet the diverse needs of his client base, Kurt currently focuses his practice on two core areas.
Divorce and Family Law
Kurt has developed extensive experience in Divorce and Family Law, including the issues of child custody and access, mobility/relocation, child support, spousal/partner support, and matrimonial/relationship property. His skill as a litigator has been an asset in both navigating high conflict matters and advising clients is less conflictual circumstances. Kurt has gained significant expertise in representing high net worth clients, and enjoys crafting complicated asset divisions and tackling complex income scenarios, including corporate and business assets, farms and ranches, and income derived from an array of business entities and trusts. Kurt particularly enjoys handling farm and ranch matters given his background in agriculture. He also enjoys representing clients in difficult custody disputes, has handled many mobility/relocation cases, and has experience representing children as well.
Real Estate - Residential & Corporate Transactions
Kurt also has a great deal of experience handling real estate matters, ranging from residential transactions to more complex commercial transactions, including commercial financing. Again, drawing on his farm background, Kurt particularly enjoys agriculture-based transactions, including purchases and sales of farms and ranches, as well as ag financing transactions. Kurt’s approach to all real estate matters is to ensure that his clients’ interests are protected, title is conveyed and security is properly registered, and all money changes hands professionally and securely. His focus during these transactions is to provide quick turnaround times and identify problems early on in order to prevent unpleasant surprises, while keeping his clients fully informed throughout the process.
Throughout his time with the firm, Kurt has had the opportunity to represent many different clients, each with unique needs, and to immerse himself in a multitude of fascinating legal issues. He considers it an absolute privilege to have guided a diverse spectrum of clients through everything from exciting business transactions and first home purchases to exceptionally challenging, life-altering crises, in order to give them the results, resolution, and peace of mind that they both need and deserve. Kurt is currently a member of the Lethbridge Association of Collaborative Professionals, and thoroughly enjoys looking for ways to collaborate in order to resolve disputes whenever possible. He also has training in interest based negotiation, and focuses on identifying opportunities to negotiate advantageous resolutions for his clients. When collaboration or negotiation is not possible, Kurt is well equipped to navigate the litigation process through the Court system, and has appeared before every level of Court in the Province of Alberta. Whatever the nature of the legal issue, Kurt makes it his primary objective to achieve a solution for his clients, using the tools and process options that best meet their individual needs.
Kurt believes strongly in the importance of both getting involved with and giving back to one’s community, and in the past has served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Alberta Epilepsy Association, the Lethbridge Chapter of the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Downtown Lethbridge BRZ, and the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta. He is also the Past President and Chair of the Board of Directors of Economic Development Lethbridge, is a retired member of the University of Lethbridge Senate, and was appointed Chair of the University of Lethbridge Board of Governors in June of 2016.
Kurt is also a philanthropist, and has personally supported many different pillars of the Lethbridge and area community, including the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, Lethbridge College, the University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Family Services, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, as well as a number of other charities.
In December of 2015, Kurt was named one of Lethbridge’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce. In September of 2017, he was honoured to be given the traditional Blackfoot name, Stamiksiiitoohkitapoyii – Bull Buffalo Standing on the Hill, by the FMNI Chapter of the University of Lethbridge Alumni Association.
Lethbridge and Fort McMurray family and divorce lawyer Kurt Schlachter discusses the value of obtaining proper legal advice.