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What to know about stalking allegations

An accusation of stalking may or may not come as a surprise to you, but now you find yourself in need of defense. Before you step into a courtroom, however, there are a few things you should know about what Kentucky’s laws say about stalking.

There are three main components in a stalking case: it intentionally targets a certain individual or group, it makes the person feel scared, annoyed or pressured and it doesn’t serve a lawful purpose. Stalking can take place in person, over the phone, online and by other forms of communication. Furthermore, a stalking case must involve two or more of these events to show a pattern.

What are my rights as a bicycle accident victim?

Riding a bicycle is a pleasure that many Kentucky residents enjoy. While some take to their bikes for their daily commutes, others save cycling for their leisure and exercise time. Being out on the road and experiencing nature can be a thrill for those who love this two-wheeled mode of transportation, but, unfortunately, when bicycles and vehicles come into contact, damaging collisions can result.

Negligence is often the reason that bikes and cars collide. While either a bicyclist or a driver could be negligent in their operation of their vehicle, it is often the case that a vehicle driver fails to see or yield to a bicyclist and that action causes the dangerous crash. Drivers owe a duty of care to all individuals that they encounter when behind the wheels of their cars, and this duty extends to the men, women and children who ride bikes on Danville roads.

Different business structures exist for different purposes

Starting a business can be a big endeavor for a Danville resident and it is important that they open their new entity with the best possible business plan in place. Business planning can begin even before a person knows exactly what their business will achieve and should involve a careful assessment of the business structures they may implement before they open their entities' doors.

A business can be structured as a sole proprietorship, which means that it is owned and run by one person. There is generally little to no paperwork involved in setting up a sole proprietorship, which can sound like a benefit to many; however, from a legal standpoint, a sole proprietorship is tied to its owner and, therefore, the owner is liable for any debts or judgments incurred by the business.

Seeking damages may support your personal injury recovery

Many Kentucky residents take pride in what they are able to accomplish for themselves and for their families. They may work hard to earn the income that their loved ones rely on to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. When challenges arise and individuals are not able to perform their jobs and secure the pay their families need to get by, it can be difficult for individuals to know how to proceed.

When a person is kept out of work due to a personal injury at the hands of another person, they have legal options. Whether their harm was caused by a property-based accident, vehicle collision or other instance where another party's negligence resulted in the victim suffering harm, there are negligence and injury-based claims under Kentucky law that victims can use to recover damages.

Mergers and acquisitions forecast for 2018

Now that the new year has started, it’s time to check in with the corporate crystal ball. What should your business look out for? Which opportunities should you seize?

According to economists, 2018 will present ample openings for mergers and acquisitions. Both global and American economies are right for it; political uncertainties have somewhat stabilized and growth is showing in stocks.

What options do I have if I am hurt on my neighbor's property?

It is not unusual for a Kentucky resident to work hard and save their money so that one day they can purchase a home where they will live and raise a family. Home and property ownership is a goal for a number of people in the Danville community and, once it is achieved, the owners take pride in maintaining the land and residences that they are responsible for. However, from time to time, a person may not take care of every issue that afflicts their property. If a friend or neighbor comes over to visit, that individual may suffer an injury if the owner's premises are not in good condition.

Injuries that occur on other people's land or property fall under the category of premises liability accidents. Individuals who go on to the property of others may have a reasonable expectation that they will not get hurt in such situations; when they do, though, they may have a claim for the losses they suffer due to the negligent maintenance of others' property.

Is divorce the only solution for infidelity?

Betrayal is one of the most heartbreaking, emotional experiences a married couple can have. Both partners might feel defensive, doubtful, angry and hurt. At this point, you could be re-thinking the whole relationship, trying to decide whether to stay together or call it quits.

Although infidelity might sting and rupture daily life, it doesn’t have to mean that you need a divorce. In fact, some couples may come to see this as a learning experience. Cheating, despite being painful in a closed relationship, could actually bring spouses closer together.

In what ways may a defendant negotiate a plea deal?

When a Kentucky resident is accused of committing a crime, they are asked to enter a plea to the charges that have been alleged. Generally, the person may admit guilt through a guilty plea, deny guilt through a not guilty plea, or offer an alternative plea that stands somewhere in between guilty and not guilty. If a person pleads guilty, their matter may move straight to sentencing but, if they plead not guilty, their matter may go to trial. If it is in the interest of the defendant and the prosecutor to resolve the matter before or during a trial, they may work out a plea deal.

A plea deal involves the defendant admitting guilt to some or all of the charges brought against them in exchange for a reduction in some form of their punishment. There are a number of ways that plea deals may be negotiated and this post will address just a few of those. Readers are reminded, though, that the contents of this blog are not to be read as legal advice and that they may wish to speak with criminal defense attorneys about their legal situations.

Dog bite injuries are often compensable under the law

Pets bring joy to their owners' lives and often become members of their human families. While Kentucky residents keep large animals like horses as companions, many homes throughout the state include one of the most popular types of pets: dogs. From little lap dogs to large working dogs, canine companions are often loyal and loving to the people who care for them.

Dogs, though, can be territorial and unwilling to extend their affection to strangers or even individuals they know who come too close to them. An unsuspecting individual may suffer a dog bite or animal attack if a dog feels threatened by their presence. While some dog bites are minor incidents, others can be life-threatening when the attacks are violent.

What is Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

Not long ago, this blog discussed the elements of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case. Chapter 7 bankruptcy can be an important tool for individuals who find themselves overwhelmed by debt. However, not all debtors may wish to liquidate their assets in order to pay off their creditors and, for this reason, they may look for another option to help them find financial freedom.

An alternative option to Chapter 7 bankruptcy is Chapter 13 bankruptcy. This form of bankruptcy does not require a debtor to sell off their possessions and, in fact, often allows them to keep assets, such as their personal vehicles and homes. Under a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, a person creates a repayment plan that pays off the loans they owe to their creditors and their repayment plan may extend as long as five years into the future.

Disclaimer: The information in this blog post (“post”) is provided for general informational purposes only, and may not reflect the current law in your jurisdiction. No information contained in this post should be construed as legal advice from Sheehan Barnett Dean Pennington Little & Dexter, PSC or the individual author, nor is it intended to be a substitute for legal counsel on any subject matter. No reader of this post should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information included in, or accessible through, this Post without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a lawyer licensed in the recipient’s state, country or other appropriate licensing jurisdiction.

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