Comprehensive Equine Law Services
Equine law includes all legal aspects of the horse industry and horse-related business. Services can include drafting and reviewing contracts for the purchase, sale, and lease of horses, representation in disputes and litigation related to horse transactions and injuries, gaming laws, liability incurred by owners, trainers, riders, and students, and more. The father-daughter team of Randy Hey and Polly Hey Panos offers statewide representation, focusing exclusively on equine law at their Portola Valley, California, office.
Whether you are the defendant or the plaintiff, Hey & Hey Attorneys at Law can handle all aspects of your equine litigation.
Our Legal Services
The attorneys at Hey & Hey Attorneys at Law are passionate about the equine industry. A large portion of our work aims to prevent lawsuits, focusing heavily on proper paperwork that limits the client's liability. We represent any person or company involved in the horse industry, including owners, riders, trainers, grooms, stable owners, coaches, farriers, and veterinarians, as well as business entities such as racetracks, breeding farms, and professional horse transportation companies. We can also assist clients who are buying or selling a horse in Europe.
Whether you deal in ponies or six-figure horses, Hey & Hey Attorneys at Law can customize its legal services to suit your specialized needs. Our practice covers all aspects of equine law, including:
Your equine attorney can draft, review, and negotiate contracts that include purchase and sale agreements, breeding contracts, boarding contracts, rental riding contracts, lease agreements, liability releases and waivers, labor agreements, and much more.
Equine Litigation Support
Whether you are the defendant or the plaintiff, Hey & Hey Attorneys at Law handles all aspects of equine litigation. We are experienced in litigating various cases such as horse or rider injury, negligence claims, horse abandonment claims, contractual claims, and sales or ownership dispute, among others. We also represent people who have allegedly violated the rules set forth by the United States Equestrian Federation.
Randy Hey and Polly Hey Panos also assist clients involved in zoning disputes and real estate transactions related to the equine industry. Our lawyers help stable owners and veterinarians obtain appropriate land use permits and approvals needed to develop a property for their horses or treatment of horses, ensuring compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws.
An escrow service can protect both horse buyers and sellers against potential problems. An escrow account holds sales proceeds and commissions until the terms of the sales contract have been carried out. The money is not transferred to the seller until the correct horse is delivered in the agreed-upon condition.
Treatment Consent Form
We strive to educate our clients on the importance of limiting liability. Otherwise, you may end up paying a high price. For example, it is critical for horse trainers to have their students sign a treatment consent form in addition to a liability waiver in the case of an injury. If your student is a minor, you should have a properly worded consent form on file signed by a parent or guardian. Alternatively, if a horse is injured and the trainer authorizes treatment without the express consent of the horse owner, the trainer may be held liable for the veterinary costs.
Horse Trial Sale Period
Many sellers are wary of sending a horse out on trial to a potential buyer, as the horse may suffer an injury or fall ill while under the care of the buyer. We can advise you on how to avoid potential pitfalls of the horse trial sale period, through which both the seller and buyer can benefit.
In equine business matters, an experienced attorney can advise and help clients evaluate the appropriate way to organize their business, be it a limited liability company, partnership, or corporation.
Contact Us for More Information
Contact us if you need legal assistance on any aspect of the equine industry. We offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation.
“Many attorneys include equine law as a sidenote to their practice, but Hey & Hey Attorneys at Law specializes in the full range of equine law services. We also have nearly 30 years of experience in the horse industry.”