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How does force majeure affect contracts?

Business litigation isn't particularly uncommon, but there is a new form that is taking the country by storm: Landlords who are suing businesses for not paying rent.

Whenever there is a time that businesses are struggling, the fact is that they may struggle to pay rent. Those commercial leases may be high-dollar leases, too, which is frustrating for landlords and the business owners alike.

Opening your first business? These 3 tips can help with your plan

As someone who is just starting out on an entrepreneurial journey, it can be tough to know which steps to take to set your business up right. Fortunately, there have been many people who have gone through this same situation in the past, which means that there are tips and tricks that can help you, too.

One of the first things you will need to do is to set up a business plan. A business plan needs to have some specific information, especially if you want to use it to obtain financing in the future.

How can an EMT arrange child custody?

As an emergency medical technician, you have a unique job. You spend your time helping people and working with people who may be dealing with serious health issues.

As a parent, being an EMT isn't always easy. If you're on-call, you may have to leave your home suddenly with little notice. That makes it harder to arrange custody, especially if you don't live near the other parent.

Best practices for complying with the ADA as an employer

You undoubtedly take great pride in running an inclusive and welcoming workplace. You not only want to stay compliant with the law but also want to ensure that your employees do not feel that they work in a toxic work environment or that you are unapproachable as an employer. In some cases, it may be necessary to make certain policies explicitly clear to avoid confusion.

One of your duties as an employer is to follow the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide reasonable accommodations to workers when necessary. Because revealing a disability or requesting accommodation may not always be easy for workers, you may want to take steps to help the process go as easily as possible.

International disputes bogging down business? Find a resolution

You run a business that works internationally. You have two teams, one in the United States and one in Europe. You work with many third parties and partners in both countries, and it's difficult to keep up with the differences in law.

That's why it's a good idea to talk to your attorney if you're struggling with litigation because of a business dispute. The fact that you may need to work with both U.S. and external laws can make it harder to resolve business disputes that go to court, but the good news is that you can generally resolve disputes before that is a concern.

How should you set up your parenting schedule?

Getting enough parenting time is something may people worry about as they go through divorce. Parenting time is important because it gives you a chance to bond with your child. It gives you the opportunity to grow as a family and to share in raising your children.

In most states, the courts want to see parents split parenting time around 50-50. That means that if you have your children for four days one week, you might only see them three the next. Of course, not all people use a 50-50 schedule. Others might use a 5-2 schedule, so that one parent has the children during the school week and another on the weekends, an alternating 5-2 schedule where the parent with the children during the school week swaps each week, or some other schedule that works well for everyone involved.

New distillery to come to Bullitt County in Spring 2021

Commercial real estate investing can be a great way to make money. That's why people continue to expand into the commercial market in Kentucky. One of the biggest industries is the bourbon industry, and Bullitt County is now expecting a new distillery.

According to an announcement at the end of August, the distilling and tourism project is going to take up around 55 acres and will start breaking ground in spring. A developer, who is out of Louisville, will be joining many other big bourbon names in the state.

Do you want to have your prenuptial agreement thrown out?

When you decided to get married, you were thrilled. Your partner wanted to make sure you were both had everything you needed out of life, and they were insistent that marriage was the right way to do that.

A few days before the ceremony, they suddenly approached you with some paperwork. They asked you to read it and sign it. You knew it was a prenuptial agreement, but you didn't realize that you should have an attorney read it over. You didn't even question it before you signed it.

Have you been subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace?

Not everyone feels comfortable in their place of employment. This feeling of discomfort could come about for various reasons, some of which may be personal, and others could stem from the way co-workers or management treat employees. You may have felt uneasy on the job more times than you can count, and often, that feeling stems from inappropriate actions from others in the workplace.

At first, you may have thought (or hoped) that your co-workers or managers were simply making jokes or trying to have fun in the workplace when they made you feel uncomfortable. However, as time has gone on, you believe that they are sexually harassing you. Understandably, you want that behavior to end.

Selling a commercial business? You may need legal help

You've owned your business for several years. You started out in a small building and rented until you could afford to put a down payment on a larger building.

Over time, you continued to invest and build your assets, and you now need to move to a larger building again. Since this is your first time selling a commercial building, you want to make sure you do it right.

Call 502-584-1000 to speak to a lawyer today.

  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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