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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

We have acted as mediators, arbitrators, and court appointed commissioners in hundreds of commercial, bankruptcy, and foreclosure cases throughout Vermont.

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Appellate Practice

We analyze the prospects of potential appeals in light of existing law and the factual findings that were made at trial. We also brief and orally argue appeals from the decisions of all state and federal courts and administrative agencies, on behalf of both appellants and appellees.

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Bank Counsel

We have been engaged for many years as counsel to local and out-of state banks. We assist in the preparation and review of bank loan participations, commercial loan transactions and related mortgage and UCC security filings, in bank credit facilities, asset-based lending, construction projects, and refinances.

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Bankruptcy / Creditor's Rights

We have represented debtors and creditors, in liquidations, reorganizations, and the many elements of complex bankruptcy actions. We also represent mortgagees and judgment creditors in foreclosure and replevin actions and have carried out numerous non-judicial foreclosures on behalf of mortgagee clients.

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Business Organizations, Management and Transactions

We provide advice and services in several areas, usually in consultation with our clients’ accountants.

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Commercial Litigation

When it comes to any kind of litigation, an ounce of prevention is often worth a pound of cure. Lawyers at the firm have many years of experience counseling clients on policies and practices that will assist the clients in avoiding commercial litigation.

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Elder Law

Generally speaking, those who practice elder law are defined by the clients served, rather than a particular substantive area of law. At our firm, elder law primarily means helping individuals and families plan for the big challenges in life: incapacity, disability, long term care, and making gifts to loved ones and charities.

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Estate Planning

We are available to provide advice, document preparation, and plan implementation for plans that include simple Wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, special needs and supplemental needs trusts, ownership or registration of real estate, investment and bank accounts, vehicles, business succession planning.

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Insurance Law

We have experience researching, analyzing, and litigating insurance coverage issues concerning many policies of insurance. We also have familiarity with Vermont’s Fair Claims Handling Act (Chapter 129 of Title 8) and regulations promulgated thereunder by the Department of Financial Regulation.

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Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

We have handled many cases on behalf of seriously injured Plaintiffs. Most frequently, the injuries have come about as the result of car accidents.

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Probate Law

We provide advice and services about decedent’s estates, guardianships, adoptions, and testamentary trusts.

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Real Estate Law

We provide experienced, detail-oriented representation to commercial and residential owners, purchasers, sellers, and developers of real estate in Vermont. We advise clients concerning title insurance requirements and coverage issues.