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Embrace your freedom as you work through your divorce

Even if you were the one who pushed for the divorce, recovering from it is still going to be a process. You will have to deal with things that might make you uncomfortable. Working through these can help you start your new life out on the right foot.

One of the most important things for you to do is to let go of the thought that you might be able to get back with your ex. This might creep up as you realize the finality of the divorce, but there isn't much of a chance that the things that led to the divorce will be corrected in a way that the marriage would suddenly be a success.

Is it time to draft a handbook for your business?

When you started your business, you may have had a handful of employees, most of whom were your family. The growth of your business meant bringing more employees on board. While this is an exciting indication of your success, it also increases the risk of misunderstandings that may place you and your company at risk of lawsuits by your employees.

One way businesses can reduce the chances of confusion that can lead to litigation is by creating an employee handbook that provides workers with a uniform presentation of vital information. You can certainly go online and download a generic handbook template, but a surer way of creating a document that will match your company's unique dynamic is to seek the guidance of a legal professional.

Choose the structure and build the foundation for your company

Building a business is a big undertaking. While you might be tempted to start growing it as soon as possible, you must ensure that it has a solid foundation so that you have something to build upon. One way you can do this is to ensure you choose the most appropriate structure for the business. This impacts a host of factors, including personal protection and taxes. We know that this might be a lot for you to take in, but we are here to help you go through the possibilities, so you can move forward with the one you feel is best for your company.

Once you know the structure you will use for the company, you can make a host of other decisions. These include some of the plans you have for the business. When you're doing this type of planning, you have to think specifically about the circumstances of the business. For example, you'd need a different set of plans for an entertainment business than you would for one that sells custom clothing.

Why you need to end a business partnership

If you and your business partner have a partnership agreement in place, it may take legal action to end that official relationship. Ideally, the partnership agreement lays out some of the steps to take and the rights you both have, but it's not always that simple.

That does not mean you should stay in a business partnership that is bad for you or bad for the company. Make sure you know what options you have. If you see these signs in your business partner, it may be time to end things and move on alone:

  • Your vision for the company does not align with theirs. You both see the mission and the goals differently, so you're always working against each other.
  • They have poor communication skills. It's frustrating, it holds you back and miscommunications harm the company.
  • They're inconsistent. Maybe they don't always show up on time. Maybe you can't trust the type of effort you get out of them. At their best, they're a great partner, but they're frequently not at their best.
  • They refuse to take responsibility. Whenever something goes wrong, they always say it was someone else's fault.
  • They waste your time and do not respect you. Maybe they show up late for meetings, for instance, despite having plenty of advance notice.
  • They try to rush things. They don't focus on quality. You worry that they're hurting the company's image.

Many changes come when your marriage ends

Many things happen during a divorce, but not all of them are expected. You might be so focused on ending the marriage that you don't fully realize exactly how your life is going to change. You should try to remember these if you are planning on a split.

First, you will lose the partnership that you have with your spouse. You won't have that person around to share in disappointments or successes with you. There isn't going to be someone at home who can help you through challenges.

Ensure you focus on emotional healing after divorce

Thinking about divorce, most people focus on the legal aspect and the division of things obtained while they were married. This is understandable because these factors can impact the remainder of your life. You should also remember that you will have another facet of life to deal with – your emotional healing.

One of the first things to do is to accept that the divorce and its impacts are a part of your life now. The marriage won't magically come back together like it was before, so you should try to focus on moving forward with your new life.

Estate planning documents that everyone can use

If your goals for the end of your life include protecting your loved ones from the chaos and confusion of an unplanned estate, you may have decided that this will be the year you begin building an estate plan. A well-developed estate plan can go a long way in reducing the stress that is common in the days just before and after a loved one's death.

Nevertheless, you may be uncertain exactly which documents will provide the most protection for you, your loved ones and your assets. While every situation is different and every family unique, it may help you to learn some general information about some of the most critical estate planning documents so you can make a more informed decision.

Common prenuptial agreement mistakes that can haunt you

Before you walk down the aisle, you need to think about how you are going to protect yourself in case anything happens, and the marriage doesn't last. One way that you can do this is to get a prenuptial agreement signed. This isn't something that you can do at the last minute. Instead, it has to be done at a time when your betrothed will have ample opportunity to review the terms.

There are several things that might happen that could lead to the agreement being considered invalid. It is imperative that you don't make any of these mistakes when you're working on getting the protections of the agreement set.

What should your business overview include?

When forming a new business, you need to make a business plan. It has many parts, from an executive summary to a market analysis to an operations plan.

One of the key elements that we'll take a look at today is the business overview. What should it include and what goals should you have for this section of your business plan?

Integrative mediation can help come to terms for divorces

When you are going through a divorce, you might opt to go through mediation to come to the agreement about the terms with your ex. While traditional mediation uses only a mediator during the proceedings, a newer form of meditation is becoming more common.

Integrative mediation utilizes more than one divorce professional to attempt to come up with the terms. This can include the mediator or a lawyer, a mental health professional and a financial expert. By having them all come together for the sessions, you might find that things go smoother than what they would if each person handled their part of the case alone.

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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.

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

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    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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    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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