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Legal Hotline

Helping protect CONY's members and their families.

In partnership with
Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C. (a CONY Alliance Partner)

Hotline #: (585) 643-8660

or email Christine Taylor at

As a benefit to CONY members in good standing, Campground Owners of New York has arranged the CONY LEGAL HOTLINE, to provide certain defined legal consultation at a free and/or reduced cost. "In good standing" means you must be an enrolled member in CONY with dues payments up-to-date at the time of your call. There are two options:

  1. The CONY LEGAL HOTLINE is a free one-half hour (30 minute) consultation annually. After that, should you opt for more fee-based services at a reduced rate, it would transition into representation in the LEGAL SERVICES PLAN.

  2. The LEGAL SERVICES PLAN is a more detailed fee-based program provided at the time Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C. is retained for legal representation.  You will be responsible for payment of court costs, filing fees and other expenses in addition to the Law Firm’s fees quoted in this Plan.  Special circumstances may affect the rates quoted in this LEGAL SERVICES PLAN.

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CONY/TRP Legal Services Plan Brochure


SERVICES AND RATES:

Wills and Estate Planning

A Will with a Health Care Proxy, Living Will and Power of Attorney for $550.00. Spouse/Life Partner for an additional $175.00.  Trusts and complex estate planning at 75% of our usual fees. 

Personal Injury

Personal injury matters including auto accidents, slip/trip and falls, and wrongful death matters will be handled for a contingency fee of 28% of your recovery.  You may remain responsible for all costs regardless of the result.

Estate Administration

We will only charge on an hourly basis (not based on a percentage of the value of the estate) at 75% of our usual hourly rates.

Real Estate

Residential real estate purchases and sales for a flat fee of $500.00 per transaction.  Any cost or expense associated with title insurance coverage will be an additional charge, as set by statute and the title insurance company.

DWI Matters

Non-trial first DWI offense: $1,250.00 Non-trial second DWI offense: $2,500.00

Criminal Defense

We will defend criminal matters, including felonies and misdemeanors, for 85% of our usual hourly rates. 

Employment Matters

While we will NOT handle matters for individuals involving CONY, we can assist campgrounds and individuals’ family member who has an employment matter as long as it does not involve any of the Firm’s corporate clients.  We will handle these matters for 85% of our usual rates. 

Traffic Tickets

Speeding tickets and other traffic violations within area code (518) will be handled for $200.00 per ticket as long as a court appearance is not required, and $350.00 per court appearance if we must go to court. 

 

Other Information:

All other professional services not specifically mentioned in this Legal Services Plan shall be charged at 75% of Towne, Ryan & Partners' usual and customary rates. All matters handled on an hourly basis will require an advance retainer payment. Towne, Ryan & Partners reserves the right to charge additional fees if your matter is more complex. Quoted fees and hourly rates may be changed after December 31, 2020; please inquire of our current fees after that date. 

The CONY LEGAL HOTLINE is not covered by insurance. Participating members are wholly responsible for payment of legal fees and expenses. This program provides specified legal services at reduced rates to members and their families only.

DEFINITIONS:

Immediate Family Member: the member’s spouse or life partner and children.

Court Costs: includes all out-of-pocket expenses, deposition fees, postage, photocopy costs, expert fees, and all expenses paid to court and third-parties on behalf of the client. 

Year: a calendar year.

The full terms of Towne, Ryan & Partners' representation will be defined and set forth in a formal retainer agreement/engagement letter.

Note: Towne, Ryan & Partners may also offer discounts for other family members and household members who do not fit the definition of an “immediate family member”. 

Attorney Advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Hotline #: (585) 643-8660


Representing Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C.

Christine E. Taylor is an Associate at Towne, Ryan and Partners' in the Albany, New York office, who focuses her practice in the areas of Hospitality Law, Business Law, Labor and Employment Law, Real Estate Law, Trusts, Estate Law, and Litigation.

As a child Ms. Taylor grew up within the camping industry as her parents have now owned three campgrounds. Having been both part of the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park and KOA franchises, her unique experience within the campground industry gives her insight from both the legal and camping perspectives.

Ms. Taylor has provided services within the campground industry providing Employment Contracts, Seasonal License Agreements, General Releases, Limited Liability Company or Corporation formation and upkeep, and advising in Real Estate Matters and Estate Planning.

Ms. Taylor has spoken at various campground conferences including KOA, CONY, and PCOA. She additionally authors a column that appears in Woodall’s Campground Management.

Office Locations:

Albany Office: 450 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205

Saratoga Office: 137 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Additional Offices: Burnt Hills, Schoharie, & Bennington, VT

www.townelaw.com

Hotline #: (585) 643-8660

or email Christine Taylor at


CONY Legal Hotline Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a Legal Hotline?
This is the ability to reach a lawyer by email or phone to ask for guidance on a legal issue without forming an attorney client relationship. It is a free service available to CONY members in good standing.

Who is providing the Legal Hotline?
Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C. a law firm with its main offices located in Albany and Saratoga, New York, is providing this hotline in partnership with Campground Owners of New York.

What kind of guidance can I receive on the hotline?
You can receive guidance once annually on a variety of issues.

For example:  1) you received a demand letter in the mail – and want to know what this means; (2) you were served with a lawsuit and need to know how to respond; (3) you have a customer threatening to sue and want to know what steps to take; (4) you are trying to figure out how to get out of a contract you have with a vendor; (5) you are going to sign a new contract and need help interpreting it; (6) or even things not directly related to the business – such as guidance about what kind of estate planning you should be looking into.

How does it work?
Call or email and await a response. The attorney who answers will be able to provide guidance only. This will not create an attorney client relationship and will not be considered legal advice. It will be guidance to help you get started, such as what you should first look at, what is the timeline for a lawsuit, what concerns you should have with a contract or where you can find the information to help inform your decisions. Should you require representation to help you further with your issue, Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C. has put together a legal services plan at reduced rates for CONY members in good standing.

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