What is Lasting Power of Attorney?

Melissa Dossguardianship, Lawyer, modifications, Wills

You may not realize it, but a Lasting Power of Attorney is probably as important a document as a Will. What’s a Lasting Power of Attorney? A Durable Power of Attorney is a legal document that authorizes one person to act on behalf of another person in financial and legal matters. It is called “Durable” because it remains valid after … Read More

Summer break is approaching!

Melissa DossCustody, Divorce

If you are recently divorced with children, here is a review of the Kentucky Court guidelines for time sharing as the 2018 school year comes to an end. The full document can be found HERE. The following schedules are suggested as guidelines for the parents and the court establishing time-sharing/visitation schedules. Each case will present unique facts or circumstances which … Read More

Divorcing your Business Partner

Melissa DossDivorce, Lawyer

When people get married, they always hope for ‘happily ever after,’ the sad fact is that 52 percent of all first marriages and 70 percent of second and third marriages end in divorce. Divorce is difficult for everybody involved. When one or both spouses own a business, the process can be that much worse. Your business is your baby. You … Read More

6 Things to do Before Filing for Divorce

Melissa DossUncategorized

By Lisa Helfend Meyer The original posting can be found on the Huffington Post website here. Make no mistake about it, divorce is hard. Even if you and your spouse expect to have an amicable dissolution, the emotional and financial challenges that come with divorce can make it one of the most difficult things you’ll ever go through in your … Read More

Social Media’s Impact on Divorce

Melissa DossDivorce

There are over 2.1 billion smart phone users. There are over 2.2 billion Facebook users. It’s not hard to imagine the number of people snapping pictures of their kids, games, dates, family, pets, or other personal information on social media. People considering divorce should use caution. In a divorce case social media can provide evidence that can be used against one … Read More

Resources for victims of domestic violence

Melissa DossDivorce, Lawyer

I recently read an article on Lex18.com about a woman that was trying to divorce her incarcerated husband but was being forced by the courts to pay for his attorney. As it turns out, the husband received a 10 year sentence for beating her and firing a gun at her. Since he is in prison, the courts deemed him unable … Read More

Is a Prenup Right For You?

Melissa DossDivorce, Lawyer, Partnership agreement

Did you know that Prenuptial Agreements were not enforced in Kentucky prior to 1990? The courts maintained that Prenuptial Agreements promoted divorce. Thankfully times have changed and prenuptial agreements are very common in today’s marriages. Once thought of as the “get out of jail free cards” of the married world, these commonplace agreements are used as baseline protection for people … Read More

How much does it cost to adopt?

Melissa Dossadoption info, Custody, guardianship, Lawyer

While some private adoption agencies charge for the approval process, training and evaluation, the states social services foster and adoption services are free. In some cases, a fee may be required for a physical evaluation. Regardless of agency, according to adopt.ky.gov, In Kentucky, “there are 8,084 ​children in out of home care with an average age of 9.8 years. There … Read More

Share your holiday spirit with a child in need.

Melissa Dossadoption info

The holiday spirit can be a tough one for children that don’t yet have a family of their own. A simple act of kindness on your part can do wonders for a child’s spirit especially around Christmas. How can you give? Here are some ways to give to kids in need this year: Toys for Tots: The mission of the U. … Read More