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Kentucky law allows people who trespass or encroach on the property of another for a minimum period of time to develop an ownership claim to the property. A successful adverse possession claim satisfies five elements: the trespasser’s possession must be (1) actual, (2) hostile, (3) exclusive, (4) open and notorious, and (5) continuous. Appalachian Reg’l […]

In 2007, the Fairness in Construction Act (KFCA) revolutionized construction law in Kentucky. First, the KFCA voids some common provisions in construction contracts. Second, it creates new regulations to govern when and how parties to construction contracts pay one another. Third, it regulates construction “retainages.” Lastly, it allows fee shifting when parties sue to enforce […]

During its 2019 session, Kentucky’s General Assembly passed a number of new laws affecting the relationship between employers and employees.  One such law was Senate Bill 7, which amended portions of KRS 336.700.  Senate Bill 7 grants employers several new rights with respect to employment contracts. First, and most significantly, employers may now require employees […]

On January 18, 2019, a three-judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals held that the doctrine of sovereign immunity did not shield a county-created water district from a resident’s negligence claim.  Specifically, in Carucci v. Northern Kentucky Water District, 2019 WL 254518 (Ky. App. Jan. 18, 2019), the Court found that the water district’s […]

As part of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017, the Act allowed for the creation of “opportunity zones” in certain designated low income census tracts. Kentucky has designated 144 zones in 84 counties, including Bowling Green and the surrounding counties. Individuals who invest in businesses or real estate through Qualified Opportunity Funds are […]

Laura Hagan, current board member and Jim Harris, former board member  of The Community Foundation of South Central Kentucky, attended the ribbon cutting for The Community Foundation’s new location at 810 College Street.  At the Ribbon cutting ceremony, The Community Foundation also awarded 29 grants targeted to critical community needs.  The Community Foundation of South […]

Are you opening a new business?  Are you an entrepreneur looking to expand your existing business?  Do you want to protect your business from legal liability?  If so, you may need a business lawyer. “One of the many things entrepreneurs forget to do right off the bat is hiring a business lawyer.  Sure lawyer fees […]

In our practice, we often see situations where copyright owners file takedown notices with a hosting service or an online service provider, which has no basis in law or fact and are solely meant to intimidate the target of the takedown notice.  Typically these takedown notices are filed against a competitor.  Many people are not […]

On December 9, 2009, a limb from a red maple tree fell during a windstorm (with winds in excess of 50 mph) in Somerset, Kentucky and killed 17-year old Kaitlyn Griffin and her unborn child.  The tree limb also injured Kaitlyn’s cousin, Joshua Thacker.  On the morning of December 9, Kaitlyn’s mother, Rhonda Griffin, was […]

 Kerrick Bachert is dedicated to advancing the education of generations to come. Attorney Laura Hagan is currently serving as the Vice Chair for the Board of Western Kentucky University Research Foundation whose goal is to support the education and research missions of Western Kentucky University. Just recently, the Research Foundation board had the honor of […]

Are you aware that your social media profile may be subject to disclosure in a lawsuit? Social media content is playing an ever increasing role in litigation and courts across the country have admitted social media as evidence in lawsuits. It is now being called the new surveillance video of this generation. If your social […]

Are you a carrier in the transportation industry? Are you aware of the U.S. D.O.T. requirements for driver qualification files? Did you know that you could be subjected to a D.O.T. compliance audit at any given time? Per 49 CFR 391.51 (a), a carrier must maintain a driver qualification file for each driver operating under […]

  Attorneys Laura Hagan, Shawn Alcott, and Ena Demir are proud to support the Women’s Fund of South Central Kentucky with a shared membership. Through this amazing opportunity, they are able to give back to the South Central Kentucky community that is so important to each one of them. If you are interested in learning more about the […]

Presented by Laura M. Hagan When:  Thursday, April 13, 2017 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Where:  WKU Small Business Accelerator Register Here:  Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Intellectual property can be a valuable asset for your company, and can include patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, which serve to protect the company’s ideas, products, […]

Changes are designed to reduce errors and enhance form completion using a computer WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on November 16, 2016 published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. By Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016. Until then, they can continue to use […]

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