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New Castle, KY Estate Planning Lawyer
106 S Main St
New Castle, KY 40050
Estate Planning, Collections, Divorce and Family
New Castle, KY Estate Planning Attorney
(502) 845-7603 77 E Cross Main St
New Castle, KY 40050
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Scott Harper
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Shelbyville, KY Estate Planning Attorney with 4 years experience
(502) 780-2226 524 Main Street
Suite 2
Shelbyville, KY 40065
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Criminal and Personal Injury
University of Louisville
Harper Law Co PLLC is a boutique law office, dedicated to providing personal and intelligent legal counsel. At the Harper Law Co PLLC it is understood that every case matters and every client has a personal stake in the outcome. There are many choices available when choosing the proper legal counsel and I would encourage you to consider the Harper Law Co PLLC because of my dedication to each client. We all pass through different seasons in our life, some good, and some bad, however during those seasons where legal counsel is needed I make it my life’s work to...
Allen M. Dodd
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Louisville, KY Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(502) 584-1108 12004 La Grange Road
Louisville, KY 40223
Estate Planning, Divorce, Probate and Tax
University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
Allen Dodd has a concentration on complex family law cases involving custody, high asset divorce cases, maintenance, prenuptial agreements, child support, and tax issues.

Since 1869, Dodd & Dodd Attorneys, PLLC has offered skilled legal representation to individuals, families and businesses throughout Louisville, Kentucky, and Indiana. They have continued to build the practice to support the needs of their clients.

Dodd & Dodd offers a longstanding tradition of service, skill and a solid reputation for results throughout our community.
Joni Patrice Bottorff
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Crestwood, KY Estate Planning Attorney
(502) 895-9900 6100 Crestwood Station
Crestwood, KY 40014
Estate Planning, Elder and Real Estate
Crestwood, KY Estate Planning Attorney with 44 years experience
(502) 225-4008 4902 Fible Ln
Crestwood, KY 40014
Estate Planning, Appeals, Bankruptcy and Elder
SMU Dedman School of Law
Louisville, KY Estate Planning Attorney
(502) 290-2595 3912 Meadowfield Dr
Louisville, KY 40245
Estate Planning
La Grange, KY Estate Planning Lawyer
(502) 584-2100 2311 S Hwy 53
La Grange, KY 40031
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Criminal and Divorce
La Grange, KY Estate Planning Attorney
(502) 222-2045 2016 E Hwy 42
La Grange, KY 40031
Estate Planning and Real Estate
La Grange, KY Estate Planning Lawyer
(502) 222-7447 100 W Main St
La Grange, KY 40031
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Crestwood, KY Estate Planning Attorney
(502) 241-4660 6506 W Hwy 22
Crestwood, KY 40014
Estate Planning and Business
La Grange, KY Estate Planning Attorney
(502) 222-9421 101 W Main St
La Grange, KY 40031
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Louisville, KY Estate Planning Attorney
(502) 245-8883 2527 Nelson Miller Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40223
Estate Planning, Appeals and Personal Injury
Crestwood, KY Estate Planning Attorney
(502) 241-4660 6506 W Hwy 22
Crestwood, KY 40014
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Education and Employment
Louisville, KY Estate Planning Lawyer
(502) 562-8284 14713 Forest Creek Way
Louisville, KY 40245
Estate Planning
Shelbyville, KY Estate Planning Attorney
(502) 633-9413 700 College St
Shelbyville, KY 40065
Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Louisville, KY Estate Planning Lawyer
(502) 489-3426 13420 Eastpoint Centre Dr
Louisville, KY 40223
Estate Planning
Louisville, KY Estate Planning Lawyer
(502) 244-3153 12100 LaGrange Rd
Louisville, KY 40223
Estate Planning
Louisville, KY Estate Planning Attorney
(502) 243-1895 4003 Fairfield Gardens Ct
Louisville, KY 40245
Estate Planning
Crestwood, KY Estate Planning Attorney
(502) 212-7802 4300 Glenarm Rd
Crestwood, KY 40014
Estate Planning
La Grange, KY Estate Planning Lawyer
(502) 222-5996 1706 Mahogany Run Dr
La Grange, KY 40031
Estate Planning and Elder
La Grange, KY Estate Planning Attorney
(502) 222-5998 2311 S Hwy 53
La Grange, KY 40031
Estate Planning
Shelbyville, KY Estate Planning Attorney
(502) 633-3534 521 Main St
Shelbyville, KY 40065
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
La Grange, KY Estate Planning Attorney
(502) 222-9421 101 W Main St
La Grange, KY 40031
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Shelbyville, KY Estate Planning Attorney
(502) 633-3636 512 Main St
Shelbyville, KY 40065
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Tax
W. Thomas Bunch II
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Lexington, KY Estate Planning Lawyer with 30 years experience
271 W. Short Street
Suite 805
Lexington, KY 40507-1217
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Probate and Traffic Tickets
University of Kentucky College of Law
My mission is to provide top-quality legal advice and services to my clients within the scope of my law practice. I am very proficient at drafting Last Wills & Trusts, handling Probate Law cases, and Guardianship proceedings. I also have extensive experience with Debtor and Creditor Legal Issues arising in Bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy situations (Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 cases), including representation of both debtors and creditors in complex Chapter 11 cases.
Julie Ann O'Bryan
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Frankfort, KY Estate Planning Lawyer with 35 years experience
(502) 227-4040 307 Wilkinson St.
Frankfort, KY 40601
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of Louisville
Julie graduated from Spalding University in 1982 with a degree in Business Administration with a minor in mathematics. She received her law degree from the University of Louisville in 1985. She spent her last semester of law school at Hastings University in San Francisco where she interned for the Department of Corporations. She became a member of the California Bar Association in 1985 and the Kentucky Bar Association in 1987.

From 1987 to 1993, Julie was employed as a Staff Attorney for the Honorable J. Wendell Roberts, US Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Kentucky.

In 1994, Julie started her own...
John Doyle
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Louisville, KY Estate Planning Lawyer with 18 years experience
(866) 587-0002 1041 Goss Ave
Louisville, KY 40217
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, Nursing Home and Personal Injury
University of Louisville
John Doyle has been an attorney in Kentucky for more than a decade. He has tried many jury trials in Jefferson County and in other parts of the state and handled numerous multi-million dollar injury claims. In fact, John is a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial attorneys in the United States. Membership is limited to lawyers who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. John graduated from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of...
Sarah E. Clay
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Louisville, KY Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(502) 540-5700 Clay Law Office, PLLC
600 West Main Street, Suite 100
Louisville, KY 40202
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Probate
University of Louisville
I am a solo practitioner in Louisville, Kentucky, and represent clients throughout the state. I completed my undergraduate studies in South Carolina before moving back to Kentucky, where I received my J.D. at the University of Louisville. I have extensive experience in criminal defense (from petty misdemeanors to class A felonies), which includes serving as lead or sole counsel in felony jury trials where my clients were acquitted on all charges. I also have experience in family law, personal injury law, estate law, and other general practice areas. I am a fourth generation attorney continuing the family...
Brent T. Ackerson
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Louisville, KY Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
(502) 882-5176 600 W Main St
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Louisville, KY 40202
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Employment, Nursing Home and Personal Injury
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville
Brent T. Ackerson & the Ackerson Law Offices believe that every client's case should be handled in the same manner that we would want our family's case cared for. We know that our clients are going through some of the toughest times of their lives. We are experienced, aggressive, and results driven.

Brent's law practice focuses on litigation of Kentucky injury and Kentucky death cases. These cases range from motor vehicle accidents (cars, trucks, motorcycles, watercrafts, etc.), to dangerous premises incidents (slip & falls, dog attacks, swimming pools, trampolines, etc.), to matters involving defective products (dangerous medicines, to recalled products, etc.),...
Bruce Brightwell
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Louisville, KY Estate Planning Lawyer with 27 years experience
1939 Goldsmith Lane
Suite 145
Louisville, KY 40218
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Indiana University - Indiana University-Bloomington
Bruce graduated magna cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington in 1992. Bruce has been licensed in both Indiana and Kentucky since 1992, and has concentrated his practice in the Kentuckiana area. He has represented clients on every level of the state and federal courts in both states, and is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the National College of Trial Advocacy.

Bruce has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Brandeis School of Law.

He is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and serves as Executive Editor...
Caryn Lyn Belobraidich
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Lexington, KY Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
(859) 254-5522 271 W. Short Street
Suite 805
Lexington, KY 40507-1217
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy and Probate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Caryn has extensive experience with Debtor and Creditor Legal Issues arising in Bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy situations (Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 cases), including representation of both debtors and creditors in complex cases. My mission is to provide top-quality legal advice and services to my clients within the scope of my law practice. Caryn is also proficient at drafting Last Wills & Trust, Probate cases, and other elder law issues.
Keith Doniphan Elston
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Lexington, KY Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(859) 225-2348 820 Tremont Ave
Lexington, KY 40522
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Education and Probate
Drake University Law School
Thomas Stone
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Louisville, KY Estate Planning Attorney with 36 years experience
(502) 326-5550 7982 New LaGrange Rd
Suite #3
Louisville, KY 40222
Estate Planning and Probate
Thomas K. Stone, Esquire has been licensed in the Commonwealth of Kentucky since 1984. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville, School of Law. Mr. Stone and his legal group help protect your assets in the following areas: Estate Planning; Probate; Bonded Trustee, Power of Attorney, Curator and Representative Payee. Mr. Stone's primary concentration is personalizing the practice of law and building lifelong relationships with his clients. Ever vigilant of changing times, Stone Legal Group, PLLC remains current in all aspects of the law, including but not limited to, protecting your assets today...
Peter J.W. Brackney
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(859) 559-4648 709 Millpond Road
Lexington, KY 40514
Lexington, KY Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Probate
University of Kentucky College of Law
My practice primarily involves representing corporate and consumer debtors in both bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy workouts. I've assisted my business clients with organizing their businesses, drafting and negotiating contracts, collection and other matters. I also do some estate planning for individuals and families. When not practicing law, I enjoy spending time with my family and learning about Kentucky's rich history. I am active with various non-profit organizations and serve on the boards of both my church and the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation.
Jonathan Hall
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Lexington, KY Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(859) 469-1955 710 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40502
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of Dayton School of Law
Jonathan is from a small town in southern Indiana called Charlestown. He received his B.A. in Public Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington in 2006. After completing his undergraduate studies, Jonathan worked on political campaigns throughout Indiana for three years. He then decided to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming an attorney, and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2012. While pursuing his law degree, Jonathan was a Staff Writer for the University of Dayton Law Review, argued for the school's Moot Court team, and served as President of his class on the...
Nathan S. Fort
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Louisville, KY Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(502) 509-3678 415 East Market Street, Suite 101
Louisville, KY 40202
Estate Planning, Business, IP and Patents
University of Louisville
Charlotte A. Nickerson
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Lawrenceburg, KY Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(502) 839-0004 148 South Main Street
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
University of Kentucky College of Law
Charlotte A. Nickerson is a founding member of the law firm of Nickerson Watts, PLLC. Ms. Nickerson graduated from Indiana University in 2003 with a degree in Journalism. She obtained her Juris Doctor in 2007 from the University of Kentucky School of Law, where she was a member of Moot Court and the Trial Advocacy Board. Following her graduation from law school, Ms. Nickerson clerked for Judge O. Reed Rhorer of the Franklin Family Court for a year before entering private practice. Ms. Nickerson ultimately joined the firm of S. Marie Hellard, P.S.C. in 2010, where she worked as an...
Ashlea N. Hellmann
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Louisville, KY Estate Planning Attorney with 3 years experience
(502) 589-1001 401 W. Main St
Suite 1807
Louisville, KY 40202
Estate Planning, Civil Rights, Criminal and Probate
University of Louisville
general practice attorney with trial experience
Theodore Valentine
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Lexington, KY Estate Planning Lawyer with 48 years experience
(859) 226-0996 3502 Tates Creek Rd
Lexington, KY 40517
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy and Probate
University of Kentucky
Specializing in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and Decedent's Estate Settlement
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Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.

An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.


Fiduciary: A person or institution who manages money or property for another and who must exercise a standard care imposed by law, i.e., personal representative or executor of an estate, a trustee, etc.

Personal representative: The person who administers an estate. If named in a will, that person's title is an executor. If there is no valid will, that person's title is an administrator.