Wills and Estates | Real Estate | Land Use | Business Formation | Trademark and Copyright | LGBTQ+ | Family
Wills and Estates:
I tell clients that good estate planning is a gift to your loved ones at a time they need it most. All adults and especially families with minor children need some form of estate planning. An estate plan helps ensure a person takes care of themselves and their families throughout their lifetime and upon their passing. Through planning you can cover areas such as child protection, how to leave assets to a beneficiary with special needs, asset transfer, estate/gift tax planning, asset protection, business succession and exit planning and healthcare option. Plans often include a will, one or more trusts, a durable power of attorney and an advance medical directive.
A real estate practice encompasses many areas beyond buying and selling real property. In addition to the purchase or sale of residential and commercial property, my real estate practice includes title work, landlord/tenant matters, lease drafting and review, land transactions involving conservation easements, and boundary disputes. I can also assist with the creation of condominiums and common ownership communities and creation and representation of homeowners associations.
If you are subdividing or developing land I can assist in obtaining the necessary state and local permits for your project. I also represent land owners, developers, and neighbors in land use matters before local planning and zoning boards, Act 250 commissions, and the Environmental Court.
Business Formation and Advising:
If you are staring up a new business, I can help you choose and form the appropriate corporate or LLC entity and prepare your governing documents. I can also assist with other aspects of your business including business acquisitions and sales, re-structuring, and drafting and reviewing contracts.
Trademark and Copyright:
Trademark registration dovetails with my business practice as a trademark can be one of the most valuable assets of a company. Protecting your brand is more important than ever in today's online marketplace. I can assist with the registration, protection, and management of your mark. Likewise, copyright registration is important to protect your creative works from unauthorized use. I can help with the registration of your copyrighted works and licenses.
I take great pride in supporting and serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals in a variety of areas including establishing and protecting parentage rights, family matters, wrongful termination and discrimination, and general representation in my other practice areas. As a member of the community I understand the often subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, ways our identities affect our family and business relationships. I am mindful of these experiences as I assist my clients in achieving their goals.