The following links and resources are provided by the attorneys at John H. Ruby & Associates in Louisville for the benefit of people seeking legal information on estate planning, personal injury, family law, business law and civil litigation in Jefferson and Oldham County, Kentucky. We hope these resources are helpful to you and enable you to find the information you need. Feel free to bookmark this page and use it as your link to valuable information and resources. If you need advice or representation in any of these areas, contact our office for a free consultation.
Estate Planning Resources
The American Bar Association has valuable estate planning tips for consumers; see 10 things estate planning can do for you. Also, the ABA has granted limited public access to its member publication on how wills, trusts and estate planning can impact real estate matters. Visit the Probate & Property Magazine Archive here.
Without the right kind of planning, transferring title to a home or other property can result in a hefty capital gains tax. Visit this IRS webpage for information on 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges to help you avoid the tax.
The Probate Department of the Kentucky Courts processes pleadings and judicial orders that validate wills, appoint executors or administrators, and settle estates. Visit this page for information about the Jefferson County probate court in Louisville, or click here for the Oldham County court in La Grange.
Information on guardianship can be found at this page on the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living website.
Personal Injury Resources
The Kentucky Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing provides information and services regarding vehicles titling and registration.
If you or a family member ride a motorcycle, you may interested in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation or the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) for information on motorcycle safety and avoiding motorcycle accidents. The AMA website also offers a quick look at Kentucky motorcycle laws.
Yield to Life is a valuable resource for motorcycle and bicycle riders, complete with accident advice and safety tips.
Victims of truck accidents and their families may want to see the regulations issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These rules place limitations on truckers’ maximum hours of service and time behind the wheel; they also place limits on truck size and weight and require trucking companies to conduct regular inspections and maintenance. Truckers and trucking companies out of compliance with these rules may also be negligent and liable for the injuries caused in the truck accident.
Another resource for trucking accident victims is the Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) database, which contains accident histories and safety records of various trucking companies throughout the trucking industry.
Family Law Resources
The Kentucky Child Support website has an online child support calculator you can use to estimate the amount of child support which may be ordered in your divorce. Using the calculator will require you to put in income information for both parents as well as certain expenses such as child care and health insurance.
The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement works with the state to enforce child support orders or find parents through the Federal Parent Locator Service. You can also visit the Kentucky Child Support website for a variety of child support activities and services, whether you are making or receiving payments.
Business Law/Civil Litigation and Appeals Resources
At the website for the Kentucky Secretary of State, you can conduct a business entity name search, file your company’s annual report, and download important forms. The Secretary maintains a business-friendly Kentucky Business One Stop Portal to put a host of business resources at your fingertips.
For tax forms or to register a business, see the Kentucky Department of Revenue.
If you are unfamiliar with appellate law, the Kentucky Appellate Practice Handbook can help you understand what can be appealed, how to file a notice of appeal, and the procedure for pursuing or defending an appeal in Kentucky court.