Menu Contact
Tilford Dobbins & Schmidt, PLLC
For A Consultation
Practice Areas Menu

Louisville Legal Blog

Tips for registering your home-based business

Are you starting a home-based business to bring in a little more income each month to support your family? Is your career moving in a direction where you can work from home at all times? Are you the only employee of your home-based business? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the tips outlined below will help you with getting the business registered in Louisville, Kentucky, so you are not in violation of any laws.

Before you do anything related to registering the business, make sure you name the business. All businesses must have a name, and you should choose a name that has not been used yet. You can search the public records in Louisville to find out if your name has ever been used.

How does wrongful termination relate to constructive discharge?

Each workday in offices across America, employees may suffer bullying or harassment from co-workers or superiors until they can no longer endure working for the company. These employees, due to extreme stress, cannot continue to function in an increasingly hostile and degrading work environment.

Complaints to the worker's Human Resources professional seldom bring results. HR personnel have an unfortunate conflict of interest. A company that may turn a blind eye to bullying and harassment pays their salary; therefore, HR balks at getting involved in a dispute between a low-level employee and the company that holds HR's loyalty financially hostage.

Your credit score and divorce

Getting a divorce is a serious decision that you should never make on a whim. You need to think it through because there will be a lot of implications on your personal life, especially if you have children with your spouse. One misconception about divorce is that it has a direct impact on your credit score. This is not true because your marital status is never listed on your credit report. There are indirect impacts on your credit score from divorce, however, and we will discuss them here today.

Dropping from two incomes to just one will impact your credit score. It will also affect whether or not you will be approved for a new line of credit for an auto loan, a new credit card or another type of financing.

Why hiring a lawyer for your business can help your success

Lawyers can provide help in so many ways when it comes to starting a new business in Louisville, Kentucky. From answering questions about the local laws to helping file the required legal paperwork to representing your interests in court, a business formation attorney can ensure that your business gets off the ground and running so you can have the success you desire.

If you have already been sued, it's too late. This is the most important reason why you should find a business attorney as soon as you decide you want to start a business in Kentucky. When you work hand-in-hand with a business attorney, he or she will help ensure that your business does not get to the lawsuit stage of any issue.

Only spend on the necessities when going through a divorce

If you have filed for divorce in Kentucky, or are preparing to file for divorce, you need to tighten your belt straps immediately. The excessive spending on items other than the basic necessities has to stop. If you continue to spend on things you truly don't need while going through a divorce you will upset your spouse and could hurt your chances of having a successful divorce.

Basic necessities include shelter, food, water, clothing and even insurance. Paying for homeowners or renter's insurance, auto insurance and health insurance should be looked at as protecting oneself and not just spending freely.

Stay off of social media while going through a divorce

If you are preparing to go through a divorce in Louisville, you need to be especially careful when it comes to your social media use. Social media can be the downfall of your divorce case if you continue to post on it during your court proceedings. It might not seem like much, but a simple post of a picture or opinion on one of your social media pages can land you in a lot of hot water with your soon-to-be ex-spouse.

Social media is not the place to hash out the problems you are having with your spouse. It's also not the place to discuss the details of your marriage or impending divorce. Doing either of these things will look bad in the eyes of the court as your posts can be used against you by your spouse's lawyer.

How to draft a purchase agreement

The purchase agreement is one of the most important documents you will create when buying a commercial property in Louisville. This agreement is so important that one tiny mistake could nix the deal in a heartbeat. Make sure you know how to write a purchase agreement by following the tips.

A purchase agreement must have all of the following information in it in order to protect both the buyer and seller:

  • Full names and addresses of both parties
  • Address of location to be sold
  • Agreed upon price for the sale
  • Require a title search conducted by the seller
  • Explain the deed that will be conveyed to the buyer
  • Explain the amount of assistance provided by the seller to the buyer, if needed
  • Include the deposit amount the buyer will provide with the agreement
  • Include the desired date of closing along with conditions under which the date can be changed after being agreed upon
  • List any items that will remain in the commercial property, if any, and a list of items that must be removed
  • List any repairs that must be made before the property changes hands
  • Make it clear that the commercial space must be cleaned before the sale is complete
  • Include contingency clauses in the agreement
  • Both parties need to sign and date the purchase agreement in the presence of a notary

5 ways to avoid an age discrimination lawsuit

As a savvy businessperson, you want your business to make as much money as possible. As a good boss, though, you want everyone in your organization to feel both welcome and productive. While older employees often have the sort of life experience that makes organizations profitable, they often feel out of place at the jobsite. 

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits certain U.S. employers from discriminating against applicants or employees because of their age. That is, you may not use a person’s age as a reason to deny employment, refuse a raise or take other employment actions. Complying with the ADEA does not have to be difficult. Here are five ways to avoid an age discrimination lawsuit.

Common legal hurdles to starting a business

Are you planning to start a new business in Louisville? If so, there are quite a few hurdles you will need to pass in order to get the business off the ground and running. You cannot simply find a place to operate and open the doors. Today, we will take a look at some of the legal hurdles you might face when trying to open a business in Kentucky, so you can be prepared.

One of the first hurdles you will face when starting a new business is choosing a name. You might think you've already got the name you want to use, but it might already be registered with another business you've never heard of. This could be a difficult hurdle to jump, especially if you keep coming up with names that have already been registered.

How to use child support payments for my child

There is a problem out there that many parents are feeding into and it is the misuse of child support funds. Some parents feel that they can use payments received for child support for their own pleasure. Even though no one monitors how child support is used, when a parent requests more and there have been no changes in the child's life, it is usually assumed that the parent is using it inappropriately. Below you will find how to use child support payments for your child.

One of the most important ways you can use child support payments for your child is to pay for their medical expenses that aren't covered by insurance. There's no reason not to have your child visit the doctor.

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

    Read More

    Mark W. Dobbins

    Mark earned his B.A. from Emory University.

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

    Read More

    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.

    Read More

    Terrence L. McCoy

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

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

    Read More

    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.

    Read More
  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

    Read More

    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

    Read More

    Elizabeth M. Jenkins

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

    University of Virginia, J.D., 1992

    Read More

    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

    Read More

    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

    Read More
  3. Tacasha E. Thomas

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

    Read More

    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

    Read More

    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.

    Read More

    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.

    Read More

    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

    Read More

    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

    Read More

    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.

    Read More

Contact Us

401 West Main Street, Suite 1400
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: 502-584-1000
Fax: 502-584-2318
Louisville Law Office Map