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Overview of the Kentucky Court System

In order of supremacy, there are three levels of courts in Kentucky: the circuit courts, the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.

The circuit courts possess original jurisdiction over some civil lawsuits, felonies, capital crimes and other such matters. The Circuit Court's family court division handles matters of family law, including divorce, alimony and property division disputes. Rulings of the circuit courts that are under dispute may be heard by the Court of Appeals, a 14-member body with jurisdiction over circuit cases except those involving the most serious felonies; these are reserved for the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Kentucky Attorneys and Lawyers

When faced with a legal issue, contacting an experienced attorney is always the best bet. At LawInfo you can search for a skilled, Lead Counsel Rated Kentucky attorney by location and by practice area. We have Kentucky attorneys who dedicate their practice to specific areas of the law, so you will not only find an attorney, but an attorney who is knowledgeable to help you with your particular legal issue.

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Kentucky Legal Forms

LawInfo offers free Kentucky legal forms and documents to help resolve many of your issues on your own. Whether you need a power of attorney or you want to complete your will, we have you covered. You can click on our most popular forms located in the right column of this page. A user account is required to use the service, but it’s completely free.

If you're not planning to live there yourself, leasing your property may be a beneficial source of income as long as a few basic precautions are taken. LawInfo's Residential Lease Agreement allows you to create a contract between you and potential tenants that helps to avoid complications and recuperate damages should anything go wrong. Lease agreements help ensure that potential issues such as property maintenance, rent and residential time frame are clearly communicated and understood between all parties involved. In addition, a lease often specifies the quantity of the tenant's security deposit and the terms and conditions under which it may either be returned or held by the property owner.

LawInfo's Last Will and Testament allows you to create a vital legal document for your estate plan. These documents may be either will-based or trust-based. In a will-based estate plan, the testament author specifies how and when inheritors receive his or her assets while trust-based estate plans leave these decisions to an appointed executor. If someone passes away without having adequately seen to his or her estate, the state may be forced to function as its own executor of the decedent's assets, and property may not be distributed as its original owner would have desired.

LawInfo offers users the option to create a relatively simple Power of Attorney. This document is a legal authorization that one person grants to another to act on his or her behalf. Someone with power of attorney authorization can handle tax audits, manage stock options, sign legal documentation and much more. In cases where the original person, or principal, is unavailable or otherwise incapacitated, a power of attorney helps to ensure that the person's affairs are properly cared for.

Starting a Kentucky Business

If you're considering starting your business in Kentucky, the Kentucky One Stop Business Portal may prove to be an invaluable resource. In addition to providing information about federal, state and local business tax regulations and requirements, Kentucky One Stop educates prospective entrepreneurs about various state licenses, managing the relationship between employer and employee, and other such matters.

Kentucky Business Statistics

Kentucky is one of the nation's most important states for small-business owners; small businesses employ 47.8 percent of the state's private-sector workers and account for 96.7 percent of all employers. Most Kentucky firms have fewer than 20 employees; 79.7 percent have no employees whatsoever. The state has seen positive economic growth over the past few years, recording more new businesses closing than established businesses closing.

In addition to its variety of small business offerings, Kentucky is home to several of the nation's most prominent corporations, such as Humana (HUM), Yum Brands (YUM) and Ashland (ASH).

While Kentucky has not wholly escaped the economic damage of the recent recession, its unemployment rate has been decreasing in recent years, and businesses are encouraged to open their doors in the state to help that trend continue.