Equine law meets Survivor
Equine law cases are kind of like the television show Survivor. In equine lawsuits, the challenge is to outwit, outlast, and out-finance your opponent.
Finding your best equine lawyer, based on your needs and individual preferences helps you stay the course as you navigate the often rough waters of the equine legal process.
So how do you find a qualified equine lawyer? First, honestly assess your needs.
Equine lawyers handle a broad range of matters including contracts and liability releases that work to prevent legal risks from becoming big legal problems.
As many equine legal matters involve disputes, you want an attorney that will be honest regarding the validity of your perceived legal matter.
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 lawyers if you don’t have a trusted equine law advisor. It’s 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 lawyer Lisa Boswell from Wellington, FL. She adds they will not only understand horse-related issues, but they’re also able to effectively communicate that information to non-horse people, like a judge or jury.
Make sure the equine lawyer 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 lawyer Bonnie Navin of Fort Lauderdale, says equine law 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. Why? You may work with that individual as a team for an extended timeframe.
Equine lawyer resources
Consider the following equine lawyer resources during your search:
Horse Authority’s Equine Attorney Directory is the equine industry’s most comprehensive way to find your best equine law attorney.
Find equine lawyers by state.
Every equine lawyer has their equine law specialties clearly displayed.
Learn more about the lawyer, in their bio, which includes their horse experience.
Every equine lawyer’s profile has important information so you don’t have to spend unnecessary time on the phone. Examples include, if they practice in Federal Court and if they are willing to apply as counsel pro hac vice before outside courts.
You’ll also find contributed equine law articles.
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Ask those around you for an equine lawyer referral. When getting referrals, it’s important to ask a lot of questions and do your own due diligence before making any decisions.
This article was updated in 2019.
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