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How do I learn the zoning laws of Kentucky?

The zoning laws of Kentucky are in place to ensure that businesses do not overstep their bounds if they are operating close to a residential area. Zoning laws are divided into sections: commercial, residential and industrial. Each different section has laws that govern what can be built in those sections. So, how do you learn the zoning laws of Kentucky?

The best way to learn about the zoning laws that affect your business is to contact the clerk of the county in which your business is going to operate. If you are not successful with the county clerk, try to contact the township clerk where your business will be located. You can also speak to the zoning officer of your township.

Protecting trade secrets with nondisclosure agreements

When you own or operate your own business, your trade secrets and intellectual property are likely among your most valuable assets. Therefore, keeping this information under wraps should be of particular importance to you. One way you can effectively protect trade secrets and intellectual property is to have your employees sign nondisclosure agreements once they sign on to work for you.

A nondisclosure agreement, in its simplest terms, is a legally binding contract that prevents your employees from discussing certain elements of your business you want to protect. Once you and your employee sign the NDA, the two of you enter into a confidential relationship that prevents your employee from speaking about whatever information your agreement covers inside. So, how can you go about crafting an effective NDA, and what type of information should you include therein?

Reasons to sign a prenuptial agreement

The day you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with your significant other is an exciting one. You buy a ring, plan the proposal and begin to plan your shared life. But, what if you have substantially larger assets than your future spouse? How can you protect your resources if things later go south in your marriage? One way is by signing a prenuptial agreement.

Do you own a business? This is quite possibly one of the biggest reasons why you need to sign a prenuptial agreement prior to getting married. You don't want your future spouse obtaining half or all of your business if you should get divorced.

Reasons to register as a sole proprietorship

Working as an individual, without any employees, is a great way to run many freelance businesses. You will be signing agreements with companies as an independent contractor, which means you will not receive any benefits, overtime pay or other advantages of being a salaried employee. Let's explore the reasons you should register as a sole proprietorship in today's post.

Have you been filing your own tax returns? If so, do you want to continue doing so? Then you should register as a sole proprietorship. This allows you to file your own tax returns, reporting your self-employment income on Schedule C on the federal tax return.

Examining the parental relocation hearing

Going through a divorce is tough enough. To make matters worse, the ensuing child custody battle won't be much easier, especially if you truly do not get along with your former spouse. Even though you need to do things in the best interest of your children, it can be difficult to overlook how you were hurt by your former spouse. Let's examine the parental relocation hearing in today's post.

If you wish to relocate with your child and you are involved in a child custody agreement with the other parent, you will need to attend a parental relocation hearing in front of a judge. Relocation does not include moving from one residence to another in the same zip code, county, or even state. It most often includes moving from one state to another.

Common mistakes business owners make with intellectual property

Owning a business is stressful. You have a lot to worry about and focus on. Many business owners have trouble delegating projects because they don't think they will be completed the right way. One of the biggest mistakes owners make is with the intellectual property of their company. Today, we will examine the mistakes companies make and why.

One of the biggest reasons why some business owners fail to protect their intellectual property when starting a business is because they don't want to have to pay yet another startup fee or add to the cost of starting their business. Owners tend to view this cost as non-essential since it is not legally required to start their business.

How will a divorce impact my mental health?

Moving on with your life after finalizing a divorce is never easy. Even if you knew your marriage was not going to survive another day, it can still be difficult to accept that you must now go back to living alone. It can be even more difficult when there are children involved in the equation. So, how does a divorce impact your mental health?

Many people who go through a divorce will experience an increase in stress. This is a stressful situation in life, even when you know you cannot fix the marriage. You will have a lot of meetings with your attorney, your spouse and their attorney and might even have to go to court to resolve the issue. All of this causes plenty of stress on even the calmest, most relaxed people.

Are you a victim of age discrimination?

Entering the workforce as someone older than 40 could present new challenges you did not have to face when you were younger. One potential problem that could be a barrier to finding employment is age discrimination.

Age discrimination refers to unfair treatment or harassment in the workplace because of your age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits discrimination against people 40 and older. Learn the common signs of age discrimination to find out if you could be the victim of this illegal behavior in Kentucky.

Why you should have a business plan in writing

If you have come up with a great business idea and want to put it into action by starting your own company, you should write a business plan. It's important to have a business plan in writing so that you are not struggling to remember ideas when the time comes to find investors or when you are speaking to stakeholders. Today, we will discuss the four reasons why you need a business plan in writing.

1. Raising money: Many businesses need capital in order to launch. A written business plan can help you raise money for your company. How? Simply describing your business to investors doesn't do the trick. They want to see your vision in writing so they can decide if it is a worthwhile investment.

When can you ask that a child support order be modified?

A judge has issued a child support order following your divorce in Louisville. Now what do you do? You must begin paying the support in the full amount via the method listed on the order.

Do not skip a single payment as this can wind up hurting you in the long run. However, there are times when a child support order can be modified. Let's discuss some of those.

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  1. Charles W. Dobbins, Jr.

    Charles earned his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia in 1974

    He was graduated from Washington & Lee University in 1970 with a B.A. with Distinction

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    Mark W. Dobbins

    Mark earned his B.A. from Emory University.

    He earned his J.D. from the University of Louisville.

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    Patrick T. Schmidt

    Patrick earned his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Kentucky in 1989.

    He earned his J.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1992.

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    Terrence L. McCoy

    Terry earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1964.

    He earned his J.D. from Duke University in 1967.

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    Lisa Koch Bryant

    Ms. Bryant has extensive commercial litigation and bankruptcy experience. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Bryant served as head of litigation for the Federal Land Bank of Louisville.

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  2. Wm. Stephen Reisz

    Thomas graduated from the University of Louisville Business School with a B.A. in 1973

    Thomas earned his J.D. degree from the

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    Sandra F. Keene

    Sandra earned her Bachelor of Health Science degree, with Honors, from the University of Louisville in 1982.

    She earned her J.D. degree from the

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    Elizabeth M. Jenkins

    Colgate University, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, 1983

    University of Virginia, J.D., 1992

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    Edward L. Galloway

    Ed graduated from Indiana University in 1967 with a degree in history.

    After obtaining a master’s degree in political science from the University of

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    Thomas G. Karageorge

    Thomas graduated from the University of Louisville Business School with a B.A. in 1973

    Thomas earned his J.D. degree from the

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  3. Tacasha E. Thomas

    Tacasha attended Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts during the summer of 2001, where she studied courses in law and psychology.

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    Ayala Golding

    Ayala received her J.D. in 1994 from the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Louisville, Kentucky, where she was a member of the Brandeis Family Law Journal, and

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    Kacie A. Wilkinson

    Kacie A. Wilkinson recently joined Tilford, Dobbins & Schmidt, PLLC, where she practices in the areas of business law & transactions, real estate, estate planning and probate.

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    Gwendolyn Chidester

    Gwen recently joined the Firm after being employed by notable Louisville companies for over 15 years in a variety of capacities including Corporate Counsel, Director of Human Resources, and Risk Manager.

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    William A. Buckaway, Jr.

    Bill earned his B.A. from Centre College in Kentucky in 1956.

    He earned his J.D. from the University of Louisville in 1961 where he was a

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    Terrell L. Black

    Terry earned a B.S. in Social Science from Campbellsville College in 1966.

    In 1969, he attended graduate school at Eastern Kentucky University focusing on

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    John A. Wilmes

    John was admitted to the Kentucky bar in 1977 and admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky in 1979.

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