Webinars

massachusetts attorney lawyer equine law joanne jo belascoAs an experienced and successful litigator and public speaker, I provide interesting and informative webinars concerning equine law. I give the following webinars at different times throughout the year. Contact me today to be notified when I schedule the next webinar.

Equine Business Webinar. I discuss topics concerning how to start and maintain an equine business. I talk about different kinds of equine businesses, including nonprofits, types of business formation, trademarks and copyrights, contracts necessary for your equine business, tax issues, and other important concepts such as the distinction between an independent contractor and an employee. If there is time, I touch on additional topics, such as marketing. There is a question and answer period as well.

Liability, Lawsuits, and Liens.  One of the most discussed areas of equine law is liability. I get many questions from horse people, with many different scenarios, asking who is liable if a certain situation happens. In this webinar, I explain 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, a buyer not making agreed-upon payments on a horse, and boarding barns handling abandoned horses. I will also discuss other areas where lawsuits arise in the horse world and ways that such matters might have been avoided. The webinar will last approximately 1 hour, including about 15 minutes for questions.

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 webinar, 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 businesses. The webinar will last approximately 1 hour, including about 15 minutes for questions.

consultations questions equine law horses law joanne belascoHorses 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 problem 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. The webinar will last approximately 1 hour, including about 15 minutes for questions.

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. The webinar will last approximately 1 hour, including about 15 minutes for questions.

Equine Estate Planning. Having horses definitely impacts your estate planning. In this seminar, I discuss  specific issues you need to know to make sure your estate planning takes your horse lifestyle into consideration. I explain the importance of horse trusts, which provide for your horse to be taken care of if you are incapacitated. If you have horse property, you want to make provisions for that property, especially if you want to preserve that land for future generations. If you are a horse professional, you need to have a business succession plan in place with your personal estate plan. The webinar will last approximately 1 hour, including about 15 minutes for questions.

Contact me today to be notified when I schedule the next webinar.