Equine law advisors
Equine law cases are kind of like the television show Survivor, but in real life, the challenge is to outwit, outlast and out-finance your opponent. Finding your best equine attorney, based on your needs and individual preferences, will help you stay on course as you navigate the legal process.
So how do you find a qualified equine attorney? Honestly assessing your needs is an important first step.
Equine attorneys handle a broad range of matters including contracts and liability releases that work to prevent legal risks from becoming legal problems.
As many equine related legal matters involve disputes, you want an attorney that will be honest regarding the validity of your perceived case. What you don’t want is an attorney to tell you what you want to hear. That’s why it is important to discuss your case with multiple equine attorneys if you don’t have a trusted advisor. It is during this time you should provide truthful details to get the best answers.
“A good equine attorney is, first and foremost, a good attorney,” says equine attorney Lisa Boswell from Wellington, FL. She adds an equine attorney will not only understand horse-related issues, as well as be able to effectively communicate that information to non-horse people, like a judge or jury.
Make sure the equine attorney is willing and able to dedicate the necessary time to take your case the distance, if needed, but isn’t afraid to assist you in mitigating your damages through early resolution. Things like mediation, arbitration, and strategic negotiations are viable ways to bring a dispute to a quiet resolution for all.
Equine attorney Bonnie Navin of Fort Lauderdale, says equine cases tend to be highly emotional experiences. “… [At] the center of the dispute is a living animal that must eat and be cared for and each passing day is terribly expensive,” Navin says. “An equine lawyer must be sympathetic, understanding, and work towards resolving the problem as quickly as possible and without protracted litigation.”
It is important to find someone that you trust, feel confident in their abilities, and that you like because you will be working as a team for what may be an extended period of time.
Consider the following resources during your search:
Horse Authority’s Equine Attorney Directory is the horse industry’s most comprehensive niche attorney directory. It allows you to easily search for equine attorneys by state. No matter your needs, you’ll find a detailed account of what equine matters each lawyer is experienced in as you continue your quest.
Each attorney has a brief bio outlining their horse experience. It also includes if they practice in Federal Court, and if they pro hac vice to other states. You’ll also find contributed legal articles.
Avvo is known for providing information about all types of attorneys. The site lists attorneys that have been sanctioned, so you don’t have to learn the hard way, has client ratings, and more. Martingale-Hubbell offers customer and peer reviews.
Referrals are also a great source of information if the person referring had a case similar to yours. You want to ask a lot of questions and do your own due diligence before making any decisions.