Joanne Belasco

Joanne Belasco

Windhorse Legal - A Convenient and Affordable Web-Based Law Firm
  • Trademarks, Intellectual Property, Business Law...
  • Massachusetts
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Summary

That’s me, Jo Belasco, Esq., in the picture with one of my horses, a Mustang mare named Reboot. You won’t see many pictures like that as an attorney profile picture, but I’m not your average attorney. I know that a lot of people are afraid of attorneys and the law. I believe the law is a tool we can use to enrich our lives. My job is help you understand the law and use it in a way that helps you.

I do my job by explaining the law to you, not talking down to you or making you feel intimidated by it. One of my favorite things to do is make the law understandable and accessible to you. You shouldn’t be afraid of the law, and you certainly shouldn’t be afraid of the lawyer helping you. I have been an attorney since 1993 so I have the legal knowledge and experience you need and want in an attorney.

My law firm, Windhorse Legal, PLLC, is entirely virtual. I work with you via phone, email, or Skype. I practice equine law, trademark law, copyright law, animal law, and business law. I do not do any litigation. I have consultations available at 30 minutes for $125 or 60 minutes for $250. Contact me today, and let's see how I can help you!

Practice Areas
  • Trademarks
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business Law
  • Animal & Dog Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Equine Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I charge $125 for a 30-minute consultation and $250 for a 60-minute consultation. I charge all flat fees for my services and provide my fee schedule on my law firm's website.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Massachusetts
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Education
Suffolk University Law School
J.D. (1993) | Law
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Boston College
B.A. (1990) | Psychology
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Massachusetts # 564054
Member
Current
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Windhorse Legal, PLLC
Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered

Q. I adopted a puppy from a rescue back in January 2019. My father got very ill In Jan of this year 2020 and I sought out a
A: I can't speak to your specific case because we don't have an attorney-client relationship. However, dogs are considered property under Massachusetts law. Certain things like microchips and documents may be able to prove that a dog belongs to someone. The police sometimes help in a situation where a dog is taken although they also may say it's a civil matter. In that case, an attorney can be consulted about the possibilities of a lawsuit against the person who took the dog. If you would like to discuss this specific situation, please feel free to email me at jo@windhorselegal.com to set up a consultation time so we can further discuss your options. I am an equine attorney but also handle limited matters concerning other areas of law such as animal law.
Q. How do I ensure that my young child will receive my assets upon death? I have named her as beneficiary on all accounts
A: I can't answer your specific question because we don't have an attorney-client relationship. Generally speaking, I suggest that someone who has children and is worried about any kind of access to the money should consider a trust as a way to have better control over how the money is spent and who can control that money. There are many different ways that trusts can protect assets and also name who can access those funds. A trust also does not have to go through probate, so it's not public. A will does, and that generally makes it available for anyone to view. If you would like to discuss this matter further, please feel free to email me at jo@windhorselegal.com or call me at 617-991-8905.
Q. A friend of mine stole my service dog what can I do to get him back?
A: I can't speak to your specific issue unless you are a client. Generally speaking, under Massachusetts law, a dog is considered property. Several options exist when someone takes property. One option is to file a police report. If the police will not handle the matter, then you may need to consult with an attorney who handles litigation about suing the person to get the dog back.
Q. If someone sells their dog to someone who is taking great care of him can the seller legally take the dog back?
A: Under Massachusetts law, a dog is considered property. So, as awful as it sounds, think of the sale as you would the sale of something like a car or a boat. Generally speaking, a seller cannot take back property once it is sold. I say generally because each case turns on the facts. If there was fraud involved in the sale, for example, then the seller might be able to sue on that basis for return of the dog. If the dog is not being take care of properly, then the seller, or any individual, can notify authorities and an investigation concerning cruelty or neglect might be initiated, but again, it all turns on the specific facts of the case. I can't advise you about your specific case unless we do a consultation. This is educational information, not legal advice and does not create attorney-client privilege.
Q. HI, Selling on Ebay if the name THE NORTH FACE is a trademark violation can you just use North Face?
A: It depends what your product is and if it will cause confusion in the marketplace with the trademark registered by The North Face. Each trademark is attached to a good or service. If your good or service is the same or similar to the good or service trademarked by The North Face, then you may have a problem. Whether or not an item is violating a trademark can be a tricky question so it's best to consult with a trademark attorney directly because you can discuss specific details. I am not providing legal advice. I am providing general information concerning trademark law, and this information does not constitute attorney-client privilege. Please feel free to contact me to schedule a consultation if you want to further discuss this matter.
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Boston Office
10 Bremen Street
East Boston, MA 02128
USA
Cell: (617) 991-8905