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Equestrian Question Form

An informative column presented by Lisa Lerch Esq. of Legal Equestrian

We encourage you to submit questions for Lisa, as she will be happy to address the answers here on for all to read.

I had an equine mortality insurance policy in place, but when I submitted my claim after the horse was euthanized, the claim was denied. Why would the insurance company deny my claim?

The two most common reasons for mortality claim denial are late notice or failure to secure consent for intentional destruction (euthanasia). A mortality policy typically insures your horse’s life subject to the policies particular terms and conditions. A policy is essentially a contract between you and your insurance company and your failure to abide by the terms of your contact i.e. proper notice and/or consent will result in a denial of coverage.

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Catanese & Wells is an equine law firm that has served the needs of the horse industry since 1989.


Mr. Catanese is a co-founder of the firm and an accomplished equine attorney.  Catanese & Wells has represented clients involved in all aspects of the horse industry, from owners, breeders and equestrian industry professionals.  Some of the services offered by Catanese & Wells include Contracts, Litigation, Syndication Agreements, Equine Real Estate, Tax Planning, Insurance and Corporations/Partnerships.  Allow the experienced equine lawyers of Catanese & Wells to provide you with a special evaluation including the benefit of our years of expertise in equine law. 

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Law Firm of Shaghzo & Shaghzo
Equine Law / Bankruptcy / Tort Defense
Armen Shaghzo, ESQ
535 N. Brand Blvd, Ste. 210, Glendale, CA 91203. 818-241-8887

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Equine Appraisals / Management Consulting / Litigation Services / USEF Judge
3217 English Rd, Chino  Hills, Ca 91709 . 909-322-7627

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23823 Malibu Road Ste 50-415, Malibu, CA 90265.  T: 310-779-4542  F: 310-317-7106

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5631 Palmer Way, Ste. C, Carlsbad, CA 92010. 858-740-4370

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P.O. Box 302 Riverside CA 92502   Phone: 951-878-5507

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445 Marine View Avenue, Ste. 301, Del Mar, Ca 92014. 858-720-8250

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Equine Protection & Planning
1041 N. Formosa Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90046

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Del Mar, CA 92014

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500 Chestnut Street, Suite 150, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Phone: 831-728-2026

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26500 W. Agoura Rd. #419, Calabasas, CA 91302. 818-707-0143 

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