Legal Services

Fees: Charlton Equine Law provides accurate, up-front estimates of fees. With low overhead and an intimate understanding of the nuances of equine terminology and sport, Charlton Equine Law can provide more efficient and cost-effective services than other firms.

Corinna is licensed to practice in California and Kentucky; the dual license permits her to provide a specialized understanding and broader scope of service to clients’ equine problems and needs throughout the entirety of both states.  Immigration services can be provided on a national rather than state-specific basis.

Purchase and Sale Agreements

Purchase and sale agreements are perhaps one of the most familiar contracts in the equine world.  A purchase and sale agreement memorializes the parties’ mutual intention to exchange a horse for a particular consideration.  However, many basic or homemade contracts fail to address significant terms involved in the sale.  Charlton Equine Law ensures that your contract is tailored to your  needs- whether you are the buyer or the seller- that it complies with the Statute of Frauds, and that it reduces your liability by accounting for common issues that arise after a sale, such as health or lameness, performance, and trial periods.

Lease/ Sponsorship Agreements

Leasing a horse as a lessor or a lessee requires a clear understanding between the parties as to the care of the horse.  Lease agreements may be for a monthly fee or simply for basic care.  An equine attorney can help craft a lease agreement that will cover important aspects of insurance, training, drug or medicinal use, and liability reduction in the use of a horse, among other crucial factors.

Breeding Agreements

As a mare or stallion owner breeding can carry high risks to the horse health, foal viability, and liability concerns regarding ownerships rights to the horses, foal, and semen.  Stallion owners must carefully comply with veterinary and state requirements for either live cover or shipped semen breeding agreements.  Mare owners must use a contract that protects their interests in a successful breeding, and provisions for when breeding is unsuccessful for any number of reasons.

Boarding Agreements

Boarding Agreements or Contracts are the cornerstone of any boarding business.  State laws can be complex for the remedies available when boarders fail to pay their bill, when interest is charged on late payments, or when riders or spectators are injured on the property.  Meet with an equine attorney to discuss the specific clauses, beyond the boilerplate, that are required for your barn.

Training Agreements (including agency contracts for commission agreements)

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Liability Releases and Liability Prevention Counsel

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Counsel and representation in Administrative Hearings (i.e. USEF, USHJA, FEI, etc.)

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Equine Business Formation

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Equine Copyright/ Trademark

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International Equine Import and Export

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Immigration Visas

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Ownership Syndicates/ Partnerships for race or show horses

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Litigation, Mediation, and Arbitration dispute resolution

Litigation representation is offered for either the plaintiff or defendant.  Litigation is appropriate for such cases as breaches of contract or fraud in a horse transaction, breach of warranty in an equine  sale, or personal injury arising from a riding injury.  Litigation typically provides the opportunity to recover larger financial damages than by other methods of dispute resolution.  For particularly large or complex personal injury cases, Charlton Equine Law has a vast network of doctors and attorneys for consult on specific areas of evidence.

Mediation is appropriate when a mediation clause is included in a contract.  Mediation clauses typically require that the parties attempt to resolve a dispute with a third-party mediator prior to initiating a civil lawsuit.  Mediation is not a binding judgment, and often involves a level of compromise between the disputing parties.  The cost-effective, expedient, and private nature of mediation are some reasons why parties prefer this choice for dispute resolution.

Arbitration may be selected by agreement between the parties, may be required by statute, or by contract.  Arbitration is often considered like a “mini-trial,” though is not necessarily presided over by a judge.  Arbitration is similar to a civil lawsuit, but is a more cost-effective and expedient method of resolving disputes.  Arbitration typically results in a binding judgment on the parties.