Practice Areas

Real Estate

Olson & Associates’ real estate practice encompasses all aspects of real estate ownership, development and transfer – from the most straightforward residential purchase to the most complex commercial transaction involving layered ownership and multiple sources of financing. Our attorneys are familiar with all Vermont real estate title issues, as well as all Vermont permit and regulatory issues at both the State and local levels. We represent both buyers and sellers of real estate in Vermont and assist clients through the ever increasing complexity of buying and selling property. Our services include, among others:

  • Drafting and negotiation of purchase and sale agreements, deeds, leases, mortgages, promissory notes and other security instruments;

  • Formation of corporations and limited liability companies for the purpose of acquiring, developing and managing real estate;

  • Title services including title searches, title opinions and title insurance offered through our agency with Vermont Attorneys Title Corporation;

  • Closing attorney services including review of deeds and required transfer documents, review and explanation of settlement statements, mortgages and closing documents provided by lenders and third parties involved in the transaction;

  • Supervision of closing services, including oversight of the execution of all documents, disbursement of funds, wire transferring of mortgage and other payoffs, and delivery of documents for recording in the appropriate town or city land records.

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Estate Planning

Estate planning is one of the most individualized areas of legal practice and our attorneys and paralegals work with you to ensure your estate planning documents are specifically tailored with your objectives in mind. In today’s complex environment, we help families and small business owners prepare for uncertainties, mitigate costs, address asset protection, and develop a comprehensive plan to ensure needs and goals are met. Our attorneys take the time to understand what matters to you, whether it’s caring for a disabled child, protecting inheritances, benefiting charities, or ensuring the smooth transition of real estate and business interests. We draft wills, a variety of trusts, health care directives, powers-of-attorney and beneficiary designation forms. Our team has decades of experience working with traditional and blended families and with multi-generational trusts and business interests. We also pride ourselves in providing assistance to meet the unique needs of estate planning within LBGTQA families.

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Estate Administration

Administering an estate can take various forms. Among these are probate proceedings and the management of assets from a trust. Regardless of the administration required in a particular case, the overall goal is the same: to marshal the assets, determine and pay appropriate bills, submit estate and/or income tax returns and work with the fiduciaries and beneficiaries to settle estate matters from start to final distribution to the beneficiaries. We have the detailed knowledge and experience necessary to conduct this work in an efficient and orderly manner, while at the same time being sensitive to, and ever-mindful of, the family’s loss.

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Elder Law & Long Term Care

Often the needs of elders in our community are the same as for our estate planning clients. However, there is a growing recognition that the legal needs of older persons and their families present challenges requiring a different skill set and the experience of a legal team who understands. The specific issues that elders face include: long term care planning, asset preservation, incapacity issues, exploitation, long distance care issues, Medicaid eligibility, appeals and nursing home issues.

The issues that are faced by aging Vermonters and the loved ones who care for and about them are often dynamic and complex. Our attorneys and paralegals bring their many years of experience in helping clients, together with a
compassion and commitment to assisting clients making critical decisions.

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Business Formation & Representation

Olson & Associates provides a wide array of services to our business clients. Whether it is a Vermont Corporation, Limited Liability Company, Limited Partnership, General Partnership or other legal structure, our attorneys help clients work through options to enable their businesses to thrive. Our attorneys are proficient in guiding each client through the process of formation, including business operating and management agreements, buy-sell and other shareholder agreements and other documents necessary in carrying out the intent of the business. We also provide assistance in other aspects of business planning, including contract review and negotiations, governance issues, strategic planning and structural reorganizations. We also assist in ongoing maintenance and operations of the business and related compliance filings as well as provide assistance in the final dissolution, sale or buy-out of the business.

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Family Law & LGBTQ Matters

Mindful of the significant emotional strain which accompanies divorces, legal separations, custody matters, relief from abuse cases and even adoptions, Olson & Associates is dedicated to providing advocacy on behalf of our clients and comprehensive advice on the complexities of today’s legal environment. Our attorneys place great value on keeping the lines of communication open and ensuring our clients are able to make informed decisions on what matters the most to them. We focus on negotiating a satisfactory settlement to minimize the uncertainty and expense of litigation.


In addition to these services, we provide assistance in preparing and reviewing pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, as well as ART contracts and parenting agreements to meet the unique needs of LBGTQ families involved in resident and non-resident civil union dissolutions and divorces.

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Civil Litigation

Disputes and conflicts are a part of life. At Olson & Associates, we provide our clients with the thoughtful and comprehensive counsel they need to successfully resolve disputes in a timely and cost-effective manner. We have extensive experience handling a wide range of individual and commercial conflicts, including:

  • Contract Disputes

  • Landlord and Tenant Disputes

  • Employment Disputes

  • Business Disputes

  • Land Use, Real Estate and Neighbor Disputes

  • Probate, Trust and Guardianship Disputes

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Olson & Associates provides a variety of mediation and alternative dispute resolution services, acting as a neutral third party to assist conflicting parties in working out their differences without the need for court involvement. Our attorneys are active in training and continuing legal education related to conflict resolution and have over a decade of experience mediating hundreds of cases covering a variety of disputes including: business partnerships, creditor-borrower, post-divorce, foreclosures, custody, family matters and contractual disputes.

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