Rebecca G. Olson, Esq.
Becky is the founder and managing member of Olson & Associates, PLC. She concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, business formation and maintenance, family law, general litigation, and estate planning and administration. She also provides mediation services to help settle disputes in these areas of law. A native of the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania, Becky graduated from the Pennsylvania State University School of Journalism, after which she worked in newspapers and advertising before moving to Vermont in 1983. Three years after arriving in Vermont, Becky initiated a four year law office clerkship sponsored by the Vermont Supreme Court. She took the Vermont bar exam and became admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1990 and worked at another general practice Stowe law firm until 1995, when she decided to form her own law firm.
Since 1995, Becky has brought together a diverse staff of attorneys, paralegals and support staff in order to provide a wide range of legal services to support her “team approach” business philosophy. Although Becky manages all aspects of the law firm, one attorney oversees each case but draws off the knowledge and research of other members of the firm in order to provide each case with the best possible information and outcome.
In addition to providing client services, Becky donates her time to the court system by teaching a class at the courthouse to litigants without attorneys, explaining the court process and how to best present themselves and their cases to the court. In addition, probate and family court judges appoint Becky to represent the elderly and mentally impaired in guardianship cases as well as children caught in the middle of domestic disputes.
Becky has long been a passionate supporter of animal rights and has donated thousands of hours to the North Country Animal League, formerly known as the Lamoille County Humane Society, in creating laws to protect animal rights as well as providing the more day to day legal assistance to NCAL.
Becky supports the community in other ways as well. She has been a board member and past president of the Lamoille Regional Chamber of Commerce, board member of United Way of Lamoille County, advisory board member of NCAL, and a member of Waterbury Rotary.
Becky is a member of the Vermont and Lamoille County Bar Associations, and the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association, of which she sat on the board of directors. She has also sat on the Lamoille County Reparative Probation Board.
Becky lives in the hills of Waterbury with her husband, Vini Sassone, where they are avid bikers, hikers, skiers and sailors.
Juliana Hoyt, Esq.
Julie joined Olson & Associates in 2010 with a focus on long term care planning, estate and trust matters, probate administration, family law, litigation and representation of small corporations and non-profits.
Julie is an experienced mediator in the areas of family and elder law, foreclosure mediation and agricultural and small business mediation. She is involved with the USDA’s Vermont and New Hampshire Agricultural Mediation Programs. Julie presents at local workshops various bar, continued legal education and private organizations on many subjects including estate planning, negotiation, collaborative law and mediation.
Julie moved to Stowe with her husband, two sons, two dogs, two cats and one nervous fish in 2005. She was first admitted to practice in Massachusetts in 1994 where her work focused on family law, Medicaid and estate and trust matters. Just prior to moving to Vermont, she was Senior Counsel at Boston Law Collaborative, LLC. Julie is a cum laude graduate of Wellesley College and Boston University School of Law where she was also a member of the Law Review and a Paul J. Liacos scholar. She holds a Masters’ degree in Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies from Woodbury College.
A Practical Guide to Vermont Estate Planning, MCLE treatise author of two chapters, (Chapters: “Non-Traditional Estate Planning” and “Impact of Marital Agreements in Estate Planning”) 2014
“Getting Up to Speed: Technology in ADR” Vermont Bar Journal, 2010
“CL for Business Cases” Collaborative Law Journal, co-authored with David Hoffman, Summer, 2004
Recent Workshops and Presentations
Using Prenuptials in Estate Planning, Estate Planning: Top 9 Tools to Know, NBI, 2017
Ethical Considerations in Estate Planning, Estate Planning: Top 9 Tools to Know, NBI, 2017
Probating the Insolvent Estate, Probate Boot Camp, NBI, 2017
Ancillary Probate Administration, Probate Boot Camp, NBI, 2017
Mediation in Vermont, Panel, VBA, 2016
Estate Planning for Nontraditional Families, VBA, 2014
Innovations in Negotiation, VBA, 2011
Tara joined Olson & Associates in January 2011, after having worked in the real estate and title abstracting fields in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine since 1983. Tara brings a wealth of diverse real estate experience to the firm, having owned a title company which provided title abstracts to law firms, lending institutions and other title companies in the northeast. In addition, Tara was a licensed Realtor and sales manager at a large real estate firm in southern New Hampshire and is therefore able to work well with the legal community as well as the local real estate agencies.
Tara is also “Command Central” at Olson & Associates, coordinating closings and providing documentation required in virtually all types of real estate transactions. Tara also has years of experience in estate planning and administration and works with Julie and Becky to prepare the appropriate documents for each client’s estate plan and estate administration. Tara has assigned herself the role of cyber security vigilante in the office and is directly involved in all decisions regarding the security of the firm and that of our clients, which are of utmost importance.
Kyle S. Seabolt, Esq.
Kyle joined Olson & Associates in 2014. His main focus areas of practice are in residential and commercial real estate transactions, estate planning and corporate governance.
Kyle grew up in rural West Virginia where he completed his undergraduate degree at Shepherd University. Following his interest in judicial public policy, he attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During his time in law school, Kyle clerked with a local Michigan firm focusing on estate planning. After graduating in January, 2012, Kyle moved to Vermont where he clerked with the Civil Rights Unit of the Office of the Attorney General in Montpelier and studied various aspects of federal and state employment law. He also worked with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on discriminatory employment practices in Vermont. Kyle was admitted to the Vermont Bar in June, 2012.
Kyle and his husband, Jamie, live in Stowe and spend as much time as possible outdoors and on the water. In keeping with his West Virginian roots, he also enjoys “life on the farm,” gardening and raising chickens on his modest one acre homestead, along with tending to his brood of dogs and cats.
Karen joined Olson & Associates in 2016 as Office Manager and Legal Assistant. After working for the State of Vermont for over 30 years, Karen brings to Olson & Associates valuable land use and permitting experience gained through her employment as a Program Technician II with the Vermont Natural Resources Board, from which she retired in 2015.
Karen grew up in Waterbury, Vermont, is a graduate of Harwood Union High School, and now lives in Hyde Park with her partner, Andy. Karen enjoys cooking and gardening, and has an unconditional love for all creatures, great and small.