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Litigation forces Kentucky health network to reevaluate plans

Litigation may not be the first thought of every business owner when one wakes up in the morning, but it can have a great effect on business' strategy and operations. Issues of liability must be sidestepped or managed so the risk of landing in court is reduced. Court cases can be expensive and time-consuming even when a business or its manages have done nothing wrong.

The expansion of a healthcare network in Kentucky has changed direction due to litigation in recent months. Construction of a planned new unit to serve a new community was quashed in court after another healthcare network brought litagation against the company, which is now in the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

How can I manage a Kentucky divorce?

Many people with experience in relationships will say that deciding who you marry is the most important choice you will ever make. This may feel especially true during a divorce, as the wrong person can cause a lot of heartache and trouble toward the end. Fortunately, getting a divorce in Kentucky is not necessarily the most difficult experience you will have to encounter.

Does a divorce have to be the fault of one spouse or the other?

Privacy during a divorce is a rare privilege

Why would a person want a private divorce? Someone may feel like their financial or career future is in jeopardy because of the end of a marriage. More acutely, someone may feel unsafe in a relationship or a community because of a marriage or its impending end. Either way, it's a relatively simple matter to hide a divorce away in records, although it's not necessarily easy for people who want that option.

Divorce proceedings, much like other legal activities, are public by their nature. Background checks and other inquiries can turn up records of the beginnings and ends of marriages. The exception is caused by a judge sealing records, generally by a petitioner's specific request based on a need for privacy.

Major bankruptcy affects Kentucky company and its vendors

It takes a lot of work to get a business off the ground. When someone is going it alone, it can feel like the work is not going anywhere near profit, but it is an investment in smooth operations in the future. When companies rely on each other to stay afloat, planning is very important to keep things running until they improve.

A large company with operations in Kentucky is going through many changes as it works through a bankruptcy filing. The corporation, which is heavily invested in resource extraction like coal mining, is resolving $1.7 billion in liabilities with holders of its debt.

Ways to divide a house in a divorce

Divorce is still alive and well in the state of Kentucky. Depending on where you live, you may face a higher risk of divorcing. Recent statistics have shown that Lebanon, Leitchfield and Hazard have the highest divorced populations in the entire state. 

When your marriage heads toward divorce, you will undoubtedly have a lot of questions. One of the biggest concerns people have is how they will divide the family home. Many married couples end up purchasing a house in Kentucky, and one or both spouses want to keep it. Here are a few ways a court may decide to divide the property. 

Commercial real estate purchases shift with the market

Since the creation of North America's first town market, there have been many evolutions in how people shop. Market days led to commercial districts on Main Street, and some companies issued catalogs offering everything from egg beaters to prefabricated houses. Now, fewer than 50 years after the first large suburban mall opened, online retail has turned it all on its head.

Before Amazon and eBay made it possible to shop from the comfort of one's home, commercial real estate near population centers came at a premium because it was worth it for access to customers. Now, as quick delivery zones expand to cover more of Kentucky and the rest of the United States, warehouse space and other related facilities are becoming more valuable.

Hospital sale may be slowed by litigation

Most of the time, you're not thinking about the legal background of your business environment. It's one of many elements of operations, like logistics and marketing. But the law matters a lot more during important moments of change, like buying or selling a business.

Other legal issues that can affect a corporation in Kentucky are violations of their intellectual property, which could cover anything from unauthorized use of a logo to an unlawful copy of a proprietary process. Although it's possible to challenge an issue like this in court without assistance, it is generally a good idea to do it with legal assistance.

Kentucky is now the easiest state for shared parenting

Divorce is never an easy decision to make, especially when people still feel some sort of attachment to their spouses. And it is not an easy process, often taking more legal involvement than a marriage in the first place.

This can be even more difficult when couples have children. Boys and girls who are still minors at the time of a divorce find themselves in a difficult situation, in which parents may be pitted against each other for affection. No one wants to be part of a fight between loved ones.

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 sex-based 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 sex-based discrimination, you may have trouble succeeding. 

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

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

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    Patrick T. Schmidt

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

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

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

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