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How do businesses get taxed in Kentucky?

It's a big part of the American Dream to be your own boss, and there are a lot of ways to feel like that dream is your reality. But none are perhaps better than owning your own business. Without planning, however, that dream can feel like a nightmare that takes up valuable time and resources.

What are the regulations that business owners need to keep in mind?

Workplace sexual discrimination comes in many forms

Regardless of where you work, you expect your manager, colleagues and others to treat you with respect. You also probably think your hard work is likely to lead to career advancements. Unfortunately, though, if you face workplace sexual discrimination, you may have trouble succeeding. 

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits sexual discrimination in employment. Nonetheless, at jobsites across the United States, many women experience bias, harassment or discrimination every day. While workplace sexual discrimination comes in many different forms, it tends to manifest itself initially in just a few ways. Here are four of them: 

How do I communicate effectively during divorce?

Filing for divorce does not have to be as difficult as everyone makes it out to be, especially if you know how to communicate effectively with your soon-to-be former spouse. The way you communicate with your partner during the divorce process will determine if things will go smoothly or take a different path. So, how can you communicate effectively during divorce?

Don't be afraid to set boundaries and let your spouse know about them. This includes times of the day when you can communicate with your spouse as well as the method in which you will accept communication (call, email, text, etc.).

How to find the right commercial property for your business

Is it time to move your business from your home to a commercial space? Are you running out of room at your current office? Do you simply want an updated location? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it's time to explore the real estate market for a new commercial space. Below, you will find tips to help you acquire the right commercial property for your business.

Create a list of your options. This list should include all of the features your business needs in a new commercial location. Be sure to rank the features by order of importance. This will help launch your search based on your goals, needs and the industry in which you operate.

What are common reasons businesses end up in litigation?

Businesses do everything possible to protect themselves from lawsuits filed by customers, employees, vendors, contractors and other businesses. Despite this, companies can still wind up in litigation. These lawsuits can force a business to close its doors if they do not have the proper insurance protecting them. So, what are some common reasons businesses end up in litigation?

Companies are often sued for the following reasons:

  • A customer suffers harm after using a company's product
  • A consumer or supplier of a company claims the company breached a contract
  • Employees claim they were discriminated against, that they were withheld wages or that they were wrongfully terminated
  • Employees negligently perform their job duties, leading to injuries suffered by customers or other employees
  • Customers received services that fell below a specific standard level of care
  • Shareholders have a belief that the company misled them about its financial situation
  • Employees, customers or other companies claim that the business infringed on its intellectual property
  • The company failed to safely maintain its property, leading to injuries of workers, vendors, customers and other visitors

The emotional impact of divorce on children

Some couples will stay in a failing marriage because they have children. Other couples will end the marriage even if they have children because they don't want to lie to their children or cause them any further emotional harm. Either way, it's a difficult decision for parents to make and one that must be considered deeply. Today, we will discuss the emotional impact of divorce on children.

The most difficult time for your children will be the first year following your divorce. Your child will likely suffer from disbelief, anger, fear, depression and anxiety and distress in the two years following your divorce. It will get easier for them as time passes, but you should try to make it as easy on them as possible from the minute you tell them about the divorce.

Why you need separate LLCs for separate business ventures

When you establish your own business entity, you need to figure out how you plan to classify that business. The type of business structure you create will play a role in how you run it, pay taxes and so on. Similarly, if you have plans to open multiple businesses, you may wonder whether you should make each its own, separate business entity, or whether it may serve you better to create them under the same business umbrella.

You have a variety of options at your fingertips as far as how you can go about opening multiple business ventures. However, many people in your shoes find that creating separate limited liability companies for each business venture is their best option; here are some of the reasons why.

Tips for co-parents and the new school year

The new school year is upon us and parents all across Kentucky are sending their children back to school. There are so many emotions parents and children experience at the start of a new school year. Many of those emotions can be tempered when co-parents have a plan in place to make the year the best one yet for the child. Here are some tips co-parents should follow this year.

Get everyone on the same page, especially if you have children who go to different schools. Print out the school calendars for each child and make copies for the other parent and anyone else who helps throughout the year with pick up and drop off. When you are all on the same page, it makes each day much easier to traverse.

How do I write a strong partnership agreement?

One of the most important legal documents you can have on file when starting a company is the partnership agreement. This document can help prevent a lot of disputes down the road if it has been written correctly and with both partners in mind.

So, how do you write a strong partnership agreement? This is an important question you must answer to avoid later disputes with your partner.

How do I handle the end of my marriage?

It's not easy when you come to the realization that your marriage is no longer viable. When you finally admit to yourself that there's no saving your relationship, it can make things a little bit easier on you and your spouse when headed for divorce. So, how do you handle the end of your marriage? Dealing with the emotions of divorce is never easy. Let's explore different ways to handle this stressful situation in today's post.

If you are having trouble making a decision about your marriage, this indecision can affect multiple areas of your life. Your health will suffer. Other relationships with your children, parents, friends and co-workers will suffer. You might even be at risk of losing your job if your attitude has gone downhill to the point where it affects your productivity or others around you.

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

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    Sandra F. Keene

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

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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

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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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