Most people hear “equine law” and turn their head… huh? “Equine” is French for horse and “equine law” is essentially general practice work with horses and horse professionals as the common thread. If I don’t know the answer to a component question related to the work I do for you, I will find the answer or someone who knows the answer. This niche practice area is my passion because it is the perfect combination of what I love. I have owned horses and been a member of the horse community myself for nearly 25 years, I currently own two, and I will always own horses. Between this personal experience, my diverse legal experience as well as Adam’s, and passion for using the law to help people, I promise you will feel satisfied and better just knowing you know an equine attorney.
Here are some of the things I can help you with:
· Boarding contracts, lease agreements, Purchase and Sale Agreements, or other miscellaneous contracts
· How to adequately protect yourself from liability issues etc. in you’re an equine professional, or even just a horse person boarding some horses in your extra stalls
· Agister liens
· Possession, ownership or registration disputes
· Collection or debt disputes
· LLC formation and small business counseling
· Service as registered agent or handling of annual business renewals
· Preparing liability waivers
· Does it involve horses? Let’s talk!!
Equine business professionals must embrace the trifecta of protection: (1) have an attorney, (2) an insurance agent, and (3) a CPA. That means well drafted contracts, and the review and advice of an attorney; discussing your specific needs with an insurance agent to make sure you’re fully protected in case something (hopefully) doesn’t happen; and a certified tax professional to make sure you’re taking advantage of all tax benefits you can and conduct business correctly.
You may also be thinking:
I’m just a person that boards a few horses (or something akin), they’re good horses, and the people are nice and/or the people have become my friends and would never sue me. If something happened, we would just figure it out. And besides, I did pull a contract I found on the internet that sounded pretty good, so I’m good. That’s way cheaper.
I see this so much in the horse industry and I want people to understand how important it is to let an attorney prepare your contracts for you. It’s like insurance—sure, it’s expensive and you hate paying it every month, but if something happens you’ll sure be glad you have it!
It is better to spend a little more on a good contract than be sued for damages and attorney fees, or find yourself needing an attorney because you don’t know what to do when a boarder skips town and leaves their horse without paying. A good boarding contract may prevent the need for any litigation if a boarder stops paying in addition to strengthening existing statutory lien rights.