Colorado Equine Law Firm

In Colorado equine law and equestrian law is a highly specialized area, practiced by only a few attorneys.  Marc Patoile has an extensive knowledge of the issues related to riders and horses, including accident claims, agency agreements, agistor’s liens, agricultural leases, boarding agreements, brand inspection issues, breeding agreements, business formations, contract enforcement, criminal charges, defense of rule violations, fraud,  estate planning with trusts for animal care, landlord-tenant issues, liability waivers and releases, pet trusts, purchase agreements or disputes, risk management, sales contracts, shipping and transportation agreements, stallion or stud agreements, training agreements, and valuation disputes.

Located in Douglas County, Colorado, our firm specializes in providing comprehensive legal assistance to clients involved in horse law, equine law, and equestrian law matters. Led by Equine Attorney Marc Patoile, one of the few Colorado attorneys specializing in equine law, we offer extensive expertise in this field. Marc Patoile is a nationally published equine law attorney, having authored numerous magazine articles, and he is also a respected lecturer at Colorado Continuing Legal Education seminars, educating fellow attorneys on equine law.

We represent a diverse range of horse-related businesses and individuals, including hunter-jumper facilities, show grounds, farms, breeders, trainers, dressage training facilities, hunt clubs, guides and outfitters, rodeo clubs and facilities, Western pleasure barns, carriage driving businesses, and various participants in equine-related activities. With over two decades of personal experience in these activities, Marc Patoile and his family possess firsthand knowledge and understanding. Moreover, our firm’s collective expertise extends to other legal areas crucial to our equine law clients, such as small business formation, contracts, estate planning, real estate transactions, and land use planning and development.

We offer a full range of services to assist our clients in various Colorado equine legal matters, spanning from civil law issues to business law matters, and from cases involving the Colorado Equine Activities Act to criminal matters. Our dedicated equine law firm is equipped to address practically any legal requirement or concern our clients may have. Some of our key services include:

Equestrian Agreements and Contracts
Our Colorado Equine Lawyer provides comprehensive legal support to barn and stable owners, including the following services:
– Agreements for Barn, Stable, and Trainer
– Boarder Contracts, including Liability and Hold Harmless Releases
– Business Transition Agreements in the Event of Divorce or Death, including Estate Planning and Asset Protection/Tax Planning
– Employee and Worker Agreements
– Non-compete Agreements
– Fee Agreements
– Feed and Stall Cleaning Contracts
– Guest and Visitor Agreements
– Lease of Facility Agreements
– Lease or Right of Way Agreements
– Minor/Parent Authorizations
– Owner/Vendor Agreements
– Owner/Clinician Agreements
– Pony Club Agreements and Rules
– Show, Clinic, and Event Contracts
– Trail Riding Agreements
– Transportation Agreements
– Vendor Agreements

Our Colorado Equine Lawyer Assists Training and Riding Instructors by providing the following legal services:
– Fee Agreements
– Trainer Services Contracts
– Trainer/Client Contracts, including Release and Hold Harmless Contracts for Riders and Lessons
– Trainer/Client Contracts, including Release and Hold Harmless Contracts for Horse Training
– Trainer/Horse Lease Contracts
– Trainer/Owner Facility Leasing Contracts, Full and Partial

Our Colorado Equine Lawyer Assists Horse Owners through the following legal services:
– Appeals and Protests for Registry or Competition Organizations
– Appraisal Documents
– Breeding Contracts, including Stallion Issues
– Broodmare Lease Agreements
– Consignment Agreements
– Co-owner Agreements
– Donation Contracts
– Lease of Horse Contracts—Full-time and Part-time
– Leasing/Sponsor Agreements, Full and Half-time
– Promissory Notes and Installment Sales
– Purchase and Sale Agreements
– Rider Agreements
– Trade Contracts
– Transportation Agreements
– Trial Period Contracts
– USHJA/FEI/USET Appeals and Protests

Our Colorado Equine Lawyer Assists Horse Breeders through the following legal services:
– Breeding Certificates
– Embryo Sale and Purchase Agreements
– Mare Breeding Contracts
– Stallion Breeding Contracts

For Clinicians, we provide the

following legal services:
– Fee Agreements
– Release and Hold Harmless Agreements for Owner/Clinician
– Release and Hold Harmless Agreements for Rider/Clinician

For Equine-Related Business Owners, we offer the following legal services:
– Articles of Incorporation
– Business Organization and Formation Documents
– By-laws for Corporations
– Operating Agreements for Limited Liability Companies
– Vendor Agreements

Equestrian Litigation, Arbitration, and Mediation Services – Colorado Equine Attorney
In cases where disputes arise in equine and equestrian matters, we can help in resolving them through mediation, arbitration, or litigation. Our experienced equine attorneys guide clients through the available options for dispute resolution, whether it be reaching a mutual agreement through mediation, pursuing arbitration, or resorting to litigation if necessary. We understand the specialized nature of equine law and possess extensive knowledge in this field. As a team of litigators and transactional attorneys, we provide dedicated support for all equine-related legal issues. Call us today for a free telephone consultation at 303-688-3045.

Areas of Expertise
Our firm excels in handling a wide range of equine law matters, including but not limited to:
– Accident Claims
– Agency Agreements
– Agistor’s Liens
– Agricultural Leases
– Boarding Agreements
– Brand Inspection Issues and Disputes
– Breeding Agreements
– Business Formations
– Civil Litigation
– Competition Charges and Defense of Rules Violations
– Conservation Easements
– Criminal Charges for Neglect or Zoning Violations
– Employment Law
– Estate Planning — Trusts for Animal Care
– Insurance Coverage Issues
– Landlord-Tenant Issues
– Legal Agreements
– Liability Waivers and Releases
– Pet Trusts
– Polo Club Representation
– Powers of Attorney
– Purchase Agreements
– Purchase Disputes
– Professional Negligence
– Risk Management
– Sales Contracts
– Sales and Purchase Disputes
– Shipping and Transportation Agreements
– Stallion or Stud Agreements
– Training Agreements
– Valuation Disputes

An equine attorney is a legal professional specializing in providing comprehensive legal services related to horses and the equine industry. This includes a broad range of legal matters, such as contracts, liability issues, zoning and land-use regulations, equine insurance, horse sales and purchases, equine health and welfare, equine-related disputes and litigation, and more.

Equine attorneys cater to various clients, including horse owners, trainers, breeders, veterinarians, equine businesses, and individuals and entities involved in the equine industry. They may also work with equine associations and regulatory agencies.

Equine attorneys possess deep knowledge of both equine law and the equine industry. Many may have personal experience with horses or a background in equestrian sports.

For a free telephone consultation with a Colorado equine attorney, call us today at 303-524-3393. Our team of Colorado equine lawyers is ready to assist you! We serve the Denver, Colorado metro area with offices in Castle Rock, Douglas County, Colorado, and offer representation in local, state, and federal courts.

At the law firm of Folkestad Fazekas Barrick & Patoile, P.C. our attorneys work in the following areas.

Criminal and Traffic LawDivorce and Family LawMediation and ArbitrationWills, Trust and Probate
Juvenile LawCivil, Construction and Real Estate LawBusiness Formations


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Our Colorado equine lawyers serve the Denver, Colorado, metro area with offices in Castle Rock, Douglas County, Colorado. Providing representation in the local, state and federal courts including Boulder County, Denver County, Douglas County, Eagle County, Elbert County, El Paso County, Gilpin County, Jefferson County and Weld County.  Our Colorado equine attorneys help clients in all of Colorado.
Call to speak with an knowledgeable and seasoned Colorado equine attorney.  Free initial phone consultation! 303.524.3393