I help landlords and tenants draft and understand leases, resolve disputes, and file or defend eviction actions. Disputes between landlords and tenants can occur over a variety of issues such as repair and habitability, non-payment of rent, breach of lease terms, and return of security deposits. A dispute may ultimately lead to an eviction action. A landlord who needs to evict a tenant must follow strict notice requirements. If a landlord fails to do so, a tenant may delay or defeat the eviction. It is important for both landlords and tenants to understand their rights and responsibilities under Vermont law.
If an adult cannot take care of himself, the probate court may appoint another person, known as a guardian, to oversee the individual’s personal or financial affairs. The guardianship process is started when someone (a “petitioner”) files a petition asking the court to appoint a guardian for the adult. I advise and represent petitioners or adults subject to guardianship petitions in both voluntary and involuntary guardianship proceedings in probate court.
If a minor’s parents are unable to care for the child, the probate court may appoint a guardian, often a grandparent or other family member, to care for the child. Minor guardianships can be either consensual (the parents agree to the guardianship) or nonconsensual (the parents object). I advise and represent petitioners, minors, guardians, and parents in minor guardianships and related matters such as parent child contact.
Many veterans or their surviving spouses are initially denied a claim for Veterans Affairs (VA) Disability Compensation or Pension. If a claim is denied, a Department of Veterans Affairs accredited attorney can represent the veteran or surviving spouse in appealing the VA’s denial. If an appeal is successful, a veteran or surviving spouse may be entitled to benefits dating back to the original claim date. As a VA-accredited attorney, I can assist veterans or their surviving spouses with appealing decisions by the VA.
Small Business Law
Small business owners can encounter a number of legal issues, including business formation and filings, contract disputes, and unpaid debts. I help small business owners set up limited liability companies (LLCs); draft and negotiate contracts, and when necessary, pursue small claims.
I help people with a number of other issues such as:
- Wills, powers of attorney, advanced directives
- Contract drafting/review/disputes
- Debt collection defense
- Small claims
If I cannot represent you, I will make every effort to refer you to another attorney or a community agency who can.