Attorney Jo Belasco of Windhorse Legal, PLLC is an engaging and experienced public speaker. She presented at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo and conducted clinics in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Her talks generally run between 30 and 60 minutes, and she is comfortable speaking to a small group in a barn or a large horse association. In 2017, she is giving the following presentations to groups throughout Massachusetts. Contact her today to check her availability and schedule a talk.
Horses and the Law 101: Equine Law for Every Horse Person. This presentation begins with a basic explanation of core legal concepts important for every horse person to understand. For example, what elements make up a legal contract such as one you might use to sell your horse? A basic understanding of legal concepts allows horse people to begin to recognize problems areas before they become problems. I then explore some of the basic and most important equine law areas for horse people, including liability issues, boarding problems, horse purchases and sales, and horse trusts.
Liability, Lawsuits, and Liens. This presentation explores liability, one of the most important areas of equine law. I discuss the basic principles involved in the legal theory of liability and other equine lawsuits by applying them to scenarios common to horse people. Examples include riders and others getting injured by a horse, horses causing damage after getting loose, what happens if a buyer doesn’t make agreed-upon payments on a horse, and how boarding barns handle abandoned horses.
An Ounce of Prevention: How Contracts Can Protect You and Your Horse. Every horse person is familiar with the fear of getting sued over a horse problem. What horse people don’t know is that many forms of contracts can be used to prevent problems from arising. I will discuss such contracts, including boarding contracts, liability releases, sales contracts, and horse trusts.
From Hobby to Business: Legal Concerns for Horse Professionals. Many people want to be horse professionals but there is a big difference between having horses for fun and having them as your business. In this presentation, I explain business law topics that impact horse professionals. Issues include choosing a business entity, including federal nonprofit status, identifying employees vs. independent contractors and why that distinction is important, insurance, and IRS issues concerning the difference between a horse hobby and business.
Jo is currently scheduling these presentations for 2017 throughout Massachusetts. Contact her if you would like to have her address your group or if you want to be notified of public presentations.