Kolvoord Overton Wilson, P.C.

802-878-3346   •  info@essexvtlaw.com

The Law Offices of

Kolvoord Overton Wilson, P.C. is a general practice law firm located in Essex Junction, Vermont. The firm has provided an unparalleled level of legal representation to Northern Vermont  for over 45 years.

Real Estate

KOW represents purchasers, sellers, owners, developers, tenants, and lenders in development, construction, financing, leasing, sale and purchase of commercial and residential real property. Our real estate practice ranges from simple sales to complex development or tax deferred exchanges.



KOW provides comprehensive litigation services in matters including contract disputes, tort claims, foreclosures, creditors rights, construction defects, personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice and products liability.


Family Law

KOW provides comprehensive services in all aspects of family law, such as adoption, dissolution of marriage, child custody, child support and domestic partnerships.


Landlord / tenant

KOW represents landlords in all aspects of the residential eviction process including preparation and service of lease termination notices, filing eviction suits in the Superior Court, representation of landlords at rent escrow hearings, trials, and recovery of damage and back rent claims.

January 20, 2017


The Vermont Statutes Online

 Title 03 : Executive

Chapter 007 : Attorney General


§ 157. Appearance for State


The Attorney General shall appear for the State in the preparation and trial of all prosecutions for homicide and civil or criminal causes in which the State is a party or is interested when, in his or her judgment, the interests of the State so require.



Renting in Vermont

Information Handbook for Tenants & Landlords


Bankruptcy Facts

Information on Consumer Bankruptcy Filing

by Nancy Geise, Esq.

The Proliferation of Online

Legal Documents

By Jason F. Ruwet, Esq.

In recent years, we have noticed that more and more people are utilizing online legal documents.  As our society becomes increasingly entrenched in the age in which information is readily available at the click of a button, this trend is hardly surprising. A variety of websites offer documents ranging from last wills and testaments to simple contracts.  As is the case with any industry, there are a number of good companies that offer quality products. There are, however, a number of sites that offer some products that are not particularly well-suited for use in Vermont.


Without proper legal training or experience, it can be very difficult for people to determine which of these online documents are useful and which ones are not. Unfortunately, we have seen a number of situations in which individuals have executed online documents that have either been poorly drafted or are simply not drafted in accordance with Vermont laws. In almost all of these situations, the individuals using these documents have not had them reviewed by an attorney until it is too late.  The end results for these individuals have ranged from mild inconveniences to drastic financial consequences. For these reasons, we strongly suggest that you do not execute any documents without first having them reviewed by competent Vermont legal counsel. Even well-crafted documents are not necessarily “one size fits all” instruments and may not be perfectly tailored to your specific needs.  Inputting raw data into online forms does not always take into account unique situations or personal circumstances. Only competent legal counsel can tell you whether the omission of that information could mean the difference between fully protecting you and not protecting you at all.


In many cases, the documents you find online may be perfectly fine.  It is certainly well worth your time, however, to have any documents looked over by an attorney who can make sure they are conducive to your particular legal needs and are written in accordance with Vermont law. Doing this could prevent you from executing a potentially faulty document which in turn would save you a significant amount of aggravation, time, and thousands of dollars in legal fees down the road.


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