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Firm Overview

Our firm was established in December 1981 as a sole proprietorship known as the Law Office of David Polow. My father, Bertram, joined the practice in 1986. Bertram Polow was an appellate judge in New Jersey before moving to Vermont and joining my practice. Judge Polow passed away on January 30, 2007. James R. Dean Mahoney joined the practice in September 1994 and, in addition to his continued association with the firm, is the part time Lamoille District Probate Judge.

Our firm focuses on representing individuals and small businesses throughout Vermont. We handle both residential and commercial real estate.

Example cases

We represented a married couple who purchased an Inn and Restaurant in Stowe, Vermont. We worked through a complicated maze of contractual, statutory, and land regulations. To make sure they had marketable title and that the property was in compliance with all State and Local regulations. For example, the former owner had not brought the Inn in compliance with Vermont Department of Safety Standards. Based upon our investigation into the property, we discovered the non compliance. The former owner was required to install a sprinkler system prior to the closing.

Main Office

Main
125 Main Street PO Box 130
Hyde Park  VT  05655

Phone
  • (802) 888-7707
Fax
  • (802) 888-7212

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

We give a free initial consultation for as long as necessary.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

We charge a fixed fee for title updates.

Hourly Rates

$175.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I like being able to represent individuals on a contingent fee basis. I can commit as much time as necessary on behalf of a client without worrying whether or not they are going to be able to pay the bill. In other words, I commit as much time as necessary given the legal complexities of the case. I also like representing individuals who are challenged by the complexity and bureaucratic nature of insurance companies and overcoming these hurdles to reach a successful settlement.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe that our clients should be very well informed about their case. We provide copies of all documents to our clients, including legal decisions and medical records. I believe that my clients need to help understand the legal issues involved in their case so that they can better provide me with the factual background of their case. A client must have a basic understanding of the legal concepts of their case.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I prefer to prepare my own documents and will not review documents that my clients have prepared. That said, I can't think of any instances where I have been asked by a client to review a document.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

There are some legal situations in which we feel it would not be cost-effective for a potential client to hire our firm. In those situations, I routinely encourage potential clients to either pursue a settlement on their own, or to consider filing a small claims court action when appropriate.

David Polow

I worked at a small firm in Johnson known at the time as Molde & Black.

My general experience as a nontraditional attorney has given me the opportunity to understand the life situation many of my clients are in. For example, I don't wear a tie and jacket to work, which is also the case for my clients. Just having been a lawyer for nearly three decades gives me the experience to give meaningful legal advice to my clients.

These are some of the comments of our clients that indicate my strengths and style: "Integrity, expertise and impeccable service." "Legal services were provided with courtesy and promptness." "I felt I was able to be part of the process rather than an attorney dictating it to me." "I felt I was represented honestly and competently." "When I spoke with Mr. Polow he was very kind and helpful and knew what he was talking about." "Reliable, friendly, reasonable fees." "I feel that even though my case was small it received the same attention as a larger case." "We were given honest, straight answers in lay terms." "You were good at explaining everything." "It is great to deal with people who are extremely knowledgeable and there to answer any questions that came up." "David worked very hard for me." "David made me feel very comfortable talking to him." "Honest, sympathetic, fair." "Down-to-earth." "Straightforward, trustworthy." "Respectful and kind." "Very knowledgeable."

Personal interests:

Spending time with my family, running, cycling, skiing, playing tennis, reading, volunteering and enjoying the Green Mountains of Vermont.

License
  • Bar Number: 1027
    Vermont , 1981
  • Bar Number: 41870
    Colorado , 2010
Education
  • Vermont Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1981
    South Royalton, VT
    Civil Litigation.

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