Family law is a complex area which deals with many issues including Matrimonial Law, Collaborative Family Law, Adoption Law, Child Custody and Visitation Rights, Separation and Divorce, Paternity, Alimony, Child Support, Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements, Post-Divorce Modifications, Civil Union Law, Gay & Lesbian Family Law, Domestic Violence, Grandparents Visitation Rights, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs), Assisted Reproductive Technology Agreements.
Contacts - Family Law: Angela J. Prodan, John C. Mabie, Samuel H. Angell, or Susan B. Cay
Our firm primarily represents Plaintiffs, and occasionally Defendants, in all aspects of personal injury and civil litigation. Our initial goal in personal injury matters is to handle each individual case efficiently so our clients may focus on receiving the medical treatment necessary for their recuperation. We communicate directly with insurance companies on your behalf and address payment of medical bills. Although many cases are successfully resolved at mediation, we focus our attention on preparing each case as though it will proceed to trial. We also address Medicaid, Medicare and hospital liens, health insurance subrogation issues and ERISA concerns. In other civil and commercial cases, we fully investigate the facts and the law and prepare diligently for trial, while remaining open to negotiate settlement.
Contacts - Personal Injury or Civil Litigation: John C. Mabie or Samuel H. Angell
Our firm represents clients who are charged with any violation of criminal law. We assist clients through the criminal justice system. This includes:
- representation at the first court hearing
- discovery process that occurs before trial
- the filing of pre-trial motions
- taking any necessary depositions
- representing the individual before a jury or judge for trial
- representing the individual at sentencing in the event of a plea or a conviction.
There are times that a client desires to appeal an adverse decision to the Vermont Supreme Court, and we represent clients through that process as well.
Contacts - Criminal Matters: John C. Mabie, Samuel H. Angell or Susan B. Cay
Our firm represents both employees and employers in employment matters involving age, gender, sexual harassment and wrongful discharge claims. We also represent clients in drafting and enforcing employment contracts.
Contacts - Employment Law: John C. Mabie, Samuel H. Angell or Susan B. Cay
Our firm represents workers injured on the job. Such injuries can be either immediate and traumatic or a gradual onset caused by repetitive motion. Our legal team works efficiently to ensure the injured worker receives the benefits they are entitled to, including temporary total disability benefits, permanent partial disability benefits, medical benefits and vocational rehabilitation benefits. In some cases, an injury results in the permanent total disability or the untimely death of a worker. Occasionally the insurance company covering your employer will deny a claim for benefits. We work diligently to ensure payment of all entitled benefits.
Contacts - Workers' Compensation: John C. Mabie or Samuel H. Angell
Our firm handles all areas of real estate including purchasing and selling real property, residential and commercial, financing and refinancing, permit issues; resolution of disputes involving real property, including boundary lines and easements.
Contacts - Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law: John C. Mabie, Joseph F. Cook, Jonathan D. Secrest or Samuel H. Angell
Our firm represents individuals and businesses in handling their corporate matters, including the creation of a Corporation, Limited Liability Corporation, Partnership, Sole Proprietorship and Tradename Registrations
Contacts - Corporate: John C. Mabie or Samuel H. Angell
Our firm represents individuals in all aspects of estate planning and administration, including Elder Law and Medicaid planning for long-term care. We believe that estate planning is best done as a team effort that involves our clients, their accountants, insurance agents, their financial planners, trust officers, and other advisers.
We assist our clients in planning for the management and disposition of their assets through wills, trust agreements, and durable powers of attorney. In doing so, we advise our clients on the form of ownership of their assets, and the beneficiary designations for their retirement accounts and life insurance policies. In addition, we also assist our clients in making decisions for their health care, should they become unable to make those decisions themselves, through advance directives.
We further assist our clients with all aspects of probate and trust administration, and with the preparation of the attendant tax returns, including Vermont and Federal Fiduciary and Estate Tax Returns.
Contacts - Estate Planning: Joseph F. Cook or Jonathan D. Secrest
Our firm represents claimants seeking Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Social Security Insurance benefits in hearings before Administrative Law Judges and in all appeals and remand proceedings, including proceedings in Federal Court.
Contacts - Social Security: John C. Mabie, Samuel H. Angell or Susan B. Cay