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Equine Activity Liability Laws provide Protection for Equine Professionals, however, there are exceptions you should know:   Most states, including Ohio, have passed Equine Activity Liability Laws. These laws were created to encourage equine-related activities by giving the equine industry strong defenses against liability in litigation and the legal system.  One of the major components of most of these laws is recognizing that equine activities are inherently dangerous. The laws are important to educate the public and make sure before they participate in horse-related activities, they understand there are significant “inherent risks”. These laws were meant to protect an “equine activity...

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What Is Equine Law?

“Equine” means a horse, pony, mule, donkey, zebra, or alpaca. Equine law covers activities dealing with an equine, the equine’s welfare, equestrian sports, and recreational use of equines, riders, and rider safety. People often also ask, “is there a lot of work in that area of law?” The horse industry is a multi-billion-dollar industry. It impacts the American economy more than motion picture services, railroad transportation, and the cigarette industry. As of 2022, there are an estimated 2 million horse owners in the United States and a total of more than 7 million Americans involved in the industry as owners,...

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The Rule of Rings

Engagement Ring

“But it was a gift!” The newly unengaged woman called asking whether the engagement ring, freely given to her by her now-ex-fiancé, was hers to keep. I was the bearer of bad news: the ring had to be returned. Engagement rings, a symbol of the promise of a lifetime of unconditional love, can become hotly contested items if that promise is broken. Gifts are generally irrevocable – one cannot simply take back a gift. However, conditional gifts are things given based upon a promise or event happening, similar to a contract. These are quite common in the world of churches, charities, and...

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Do I Need a Trust or a Will?

It’s advisable for everyone to have a Last Will and Testament (referred to herein as a “Will”). Most people are familiar with Wills and know that they should have them. Something that is a little more foreign is the concept of a Trust. For purposes of this informational blog, I’m going to refer to what we call a revocable living trust. But how do you know if you need a Trust, rather than just a Will?   For starters, this is a personal decision, which you, of course, have the authority to decide. However, these are some of the factors that I...

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Ohio Equine Immunity Statute

When I tell people our family owns a horse farm, many times the response is, “can I come over and ride?” We love having people out to our farm. We love sharing our passion for our beautiful horses with as many people as we can. Unfortunately, doing so does not come without risks and liability. Thankfully, Ohio law provides some basic liability protection for horse owners and organizations. Ohio Revised Code Statute 2305.321 (Ohio Equine Immunity Statute) provides those that who operate in the horse industry are protected against liability for injuries that occur because of an inherent risk of...

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Fun Facts About Ohio Equine Law

With a name like EQUES, it only makes sense to know a little something about Equine Law. Here are some fun facts about Ohio Equine Law from our latest hire, Rebecca Skeeles.   Ohio has the sixth-largest horse population in the country. Texas wins, California is second, Florida is third, Oklahoma comes in fourth, with Kentucky closely behind at fifth, and Ohio rounds out the list at 6th place with over 300,000 horses residing in our state. The largest single-breed horse show in the United States is the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, OH at the Ohio Expo Center. The...

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Local Administrative Law, Part 1: Breaking Down Zoning

In Ohio, political subdivisions such as cities, villages, and townships often contain their own internal departments. Some entities have a single officer that handles the entirety of the concern, appointed by Council or the Mayor, and answerable only to them. Others, usually our bigger cities, have entire departments dedicated to a specialized area, with heads, dozens of employees, and their own internal policies and procedures. Regardless of the setup, these subdivisions of subdivisions are known as “administrative officers and agencies”, and they have very specific rules governing their operation. Generally speaking, most of these officers and agencies are governed by what...

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