The Effects of COVID-19 on Family Law

The Effects of COVID-19 on Family Law

The Kentucky Court System is working to adapt to the social distancing mandated by our local and national government. Our courts understand that they must make changes to ensure that legal needs are met and due process rights protected during this unprecedented global pandemic. On March 12, 2020, the Supreme Court of Kentucky issued an order suspending regular court practice between March 16, 2020…
What is a free consultation?

What is a free consultation?

It is important to make sure you pick the best attorney to assist with your case. Attorneys will offer either paid or free consultations. Regardless of the type of consultation, most attorneys will not provide you with specific legal advice about an issue unless they are retained. The rationale is that if an attorney gives improper advice that is relied upon, that attorney may…
How can I keep my legal expenses down?

How can I keep my legal expenses down?

Many people wonder why attorney's fees are so high. Please keep in mind that in addition to their own compensation, attorneys have many overhead expenses, including rent, management software, malpractice insurance, continuing legal education, bar association dues, and employee salaries. Attorney's fees take all of those expenses into account. Keeping this in mind, there are many strategies that one can employ to keep their…
What questions should I ask a potential divorce attorney?

What questions should I ask a potential divorce attorney?

How long have you been practicing family law? Is there a particular area you focus on? What percentage of your practice is family law? What other types of law do you practice? What is your style as an attorney? Are you familiar with the Judge that will be assigned to my case? Are you familiar with the other attorney(s) involved in my case? In…
Why do I have to pay a retainer? What is it for and how does it work?

Why do I have to pay a retainer? What is it for and how does it work?

Attorneys use retainers as advance payment for their services. Family law cases are unpredictable. Sometimes, parties have minimal conflict and quickly resolve all issues in their case. Other times, parties have to endure extensive litigation before they reach a resolution. For that reason, attorneys charge an hourly rate for their services and require payment before service. The hourly rate is generally based on the…
My Reaction to Criticism of Judge Olu Stevens

My Reaction to Criticism of Judge Olu Stevens

While working at the Public Defender’s office, many of my adult circuit cases landed in Circuit Division 6, presided over by Judge Olu Stevens. I still remember my first time in Judge Stevens’ courtroom. He had his deputy sheriff come over to me and ask for my name so that he could avoid having to ask who I was in front of my client.…
What to Expect in the Jefferson County Court System

What to Expect in the Jefferson County Court System

As an attorney who practices in Jefferson County, I often forget how intimidating a trip to the courthouse can be to newcomers. I think people experience anxiety because they aren’t sure exactly what to expect in our local court system. I’ve decided to create a series of blog posts letting people know what to expect in Jefferson County based on my experience. I plan…
Should Gender Be a Factor When Selecting a Divorce Attorney?

Should Gender Be a Factor When Selecting a Divorce Attorney?

We frequently get calls from potential clients seeking a female divorce attorney. When asked why they are seeking a female divorce attorney, potential clients offer a variety of answers ranging from: “family court is a female realm”, “the family court judges prefer female attorneys”, and my favorite, “I’ve heard female attorneys will fight more aggressively”. Which begs the question—should gender be a factor when…
Punished at the Polls

Punished at the Polls

An article discussing the political prospects of public defenders and private defense counsel has been making its way around Facebook in the last few days.(Check it out here.) It outlines the problems that defense attorneys face when running for public office. Unfortunately, it seems that party opponents and political action committees are pouncing on the stigma associated with earning a living providing the accused…
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