Vince & Brennan Law Offices

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About us

Pease Mountain Law is a Vermont law firm dedicated to serving families and businesses of the Champlain Valley. We are experienced, responsive, scaled to your needs and sensitive to your margins.
We employ the latest technology to save you time and money and deliver services to you on the go, wherever and whenever you need them. We understand your business, your needs and your challenges.


Legal Team

Michael T. Russell

Serving Charlotte for over 15 years, Michael specializes in real property, estate planning, and businesses law.
Michael returned to his native Vermont with his family in 1996, beginning his legal career in 1998 as an associate with Stuart M. Bennett, PC in Shelburne. He moved his practice to Burlington and joined Hoff Curtis as an associate in 2002. In 2006 he made partner and became Managing Director in 2008. Michael’s business and property practice is primarily consultative and transactional in nature, but he has done substantial litigation, and continues to provide litigation services in support of his business and individual clients. Michael’s significant cases include representing corporations in commercial disputes, condominium and other homeowner associations in a variety of matters, and neighbors and developers in property disputes, land use permitting and zoning disputes, property rights, and others. He also counsels parties in real estate including high-end residential and commercial transactions.
Michael's business practice involves large and small businesses and not-for-profits in all phases of business development. He provides legal services on issues such as start-up entity selection and business formation, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, as well as general business counseling.
Michael also provides legal services for probate administration and litigation, revocable trust estate planning, and elder law including Medicaid planning, asset protection and guardianships.
Michael graduated from The Colorado College in 1986. He received his J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law in 1997, where he studied for two years with nationally recognized land use scholar, Professor Edward H. Ziegler. While attending Vermont Law School as a third-year exchange student, he researched and wrote on the topics of: Legal Devices Employed by Land Trusts - Cooperative Agreements and Restrictive Mechanisms; Durable Land Conservation Through Land Trusts - The Obligations of a Charitable Trust; and Off-Site Mitigation of Developed Farmland - Vermont’s Underutilized Statutory Authority.
Michael is a member of the Vermont Bar Association. In addition to his professional activities, he spends countless hours giving back to the local community through boards and other philanthropic activities. Michael is a current member of the Charlotte Trails Development Committee.
Michael and his family reside in Charlotte where he enjoys yoga, running, and back-country skiing. With both of their children in college, Michael and his wife enjoy spending time together building their dream of a sustainable farmstead, making music together and with their extended family, and building family and community ties through socializing and certain board games.
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LEGAL & RELATED EXPERIENCE
Admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1998
Associate, Stuart M. Bennett, PC
Partner, Hoff Curtis
COO / General Counsel, New England Air Systems
COMMUNITY WORK
Trustee, Lake Champlain Waldorf School; Treasurer
Member, Charlotte Zoning Board of Adjustment
Member, Charlotte Trails Committee
Trustee, Vermont Commons School; Treasurer
EDUCATION
B.A. History, The Colorado College, 1986
J.D., University of Denver College of Law, 1997

George R. Vince

George brings over 35 years of legal experience to the firm, practicing in the areas of residential and commercial real estate, estate planning, and probate administration.
George Vince founded his firm in 1975 and has continued to serve the needs of residents and business owners from Bristol and the surrounding communities since that time. His practice areas focus on both residential and commercial real estate and estate planning and probate administration. He represents many of the local business owners and several area farm families in additional to counseling local residents on a broad range of issues. George prides himself on currently representing grandchildren of clients that he represented years earlier and in offering each of his clients personal service, time and attention.
George lives in Lincoln with his wife Louise, the former owner of Cubbers Restaurant, a Bristol landmark. George is a graduate of Bucknell University and Washington College of Law. He is a member of and past president of the Addison County Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors of Neshobe Golf Club.


Legal Services We Offer

BUSINESS LAW

Business Transactions
Contracts
Entity Formation

ESTATE PLANNING

Wills & Trusts

REAL PROPERTY

Real Estate Transactions
Real Property Litigation
Zoning & Land Disputes
Development & Subdivision

PROBATE SERVICES

Estate Administration

CONSTRUCTION LAW

Construction Contracts
Construction Disputes


Clients We Serve

Artisans & Tradespeople

At Pease Mountain Law, we focus on the needs of artisans and tradespeople. We employ the latest technology to save you time and money and deliver services to you on the go, where and when you need it. We understand your business, your needs, and your challenges.

Subcontractors

At Pease Mountain Law, we focus on the needs of subcontractors. Architects, developers, engineers, and general contractors are often represented and can afford large firm prices, sometimes leaving you at a disadvantage. We have the experience to help you with your situation.

Business Owners

Getting off on the right foot can make all the difference to your success.
We can help you select the best legal structure for your startup, register your business as required, and connect you quickly with other professional.
You want predictability and peace of mind when you start a new relationship.
We can help you develop a solid service agreement, proposal, estimate and other contract forms.
Standard contracts are long and detailed, and often include provisions that can come back to bite you.
Whether on an hourly rate, flat fee, or retainer basis, we can provide you with an of outline contract requirements, liquidated damages provisions, insurance requirements and indemnity obligations before it’s too late.
Contract disputes seem to be more common and lead to expensive resolutions, even when they are resolved short of litigation.
We believe in and practice preventative law, but when conflicts arise we can navigate the channels of dispute resolution to help you make the best of a bad situation.
You have worked hard to build what you have.
We can show you how to pass it on or take it to the next level through careful planning and the right structure.

Buyers and Sellers of Real Estate

We provide counsel in real estate transactions for both high-end residential and commercial clients.
Every property transaction has its idiosyncrasies.
We provide a comprehensive title search to discover any legal issues related to your property purchase or sale.

Farmers

Financing your growth takes skill and attention to details.
We can help you navigate lenders and ensure that your transaction comes off with minimal effort and disruption to your work schedule.
The world is filled with potential liability and conflict.
We can help you protect your assets by taking advantage of legal entities that limit your liability.
You have worked hard to build what you have.
We can show you how to pass it on or take it to the next level through careful planning and the right structure.
Regulation is becoming more complicated and demanding every year.
We can help you ensure you are in compliance with nutrient management, employment, and immigration regulations.

Parents & Grandparents

You want to continue caring for your family even after you're gone.
We can help you simplify things and ensure that more gets passed on by carefully planning now.
You have worked hard to build what you have.
We can show you how to pass it on with careful planning and the right structure.
Planning for incapacity is as important as planning for death.
We include advance directives and durable general powers of attorney in all our plans.


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