Kentucky Questions & Answers

Q: My son is 14. I would like to change his last name. There is no father on the birth certificate. It’s blank.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 24, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
If you know for sure who the father is, you should send him notice at his last known address. You can change the child’s last name by filing a petition in probate court. If you do not know who the child’s father is and no one is listed on the birth certificate, just prepare to tell the court that you don’t know who the father is and there was never one on the birth certificate. Either way, I think your petition gets granted.
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Q: When does Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection begin? When you pay the attorney fees, sign the documents, or go to court?

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 24, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
The automatic stay goes into effect the moment the bankruptcy is filed with the court.
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Q: Can you get custody of a family member if you are 19?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 24, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
Yes. If they are both willing to sign an order giving you custody and the court approved it. You can get custody.
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Q: My dog was stolen 7 years ago and she was just found. Am I able to press charges for the theft now?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 23, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
No, unless the dog is valued at more than $500. Even then, you would need proof beyond a reasonable doubt as to who stole the dog. I suspect if you had that you would have already prosecuted the thief. Go get your dog and enjoy the reunion. That’s why we chip them.
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Q: Inherited land has a mobile home on it, not to be inherited. What do I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 23, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
Depending on what the new will says, the new wife may take under the new will. Once they married, it became a whole new ballgame. Once she marriedto him, she is entitled to at least 1/2 of the realty and 1/3of the personalty. If she gets that under the new will, fine. If she doesn't, she can reject the will and take 1/2 and 1/3 as if he had died interstate. Your mom and sisters need to consult an attorney immediately to see if they need to contest his new will.
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Q: Will it show the prisoner if. It is pending

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 23, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
Will what show the prisoner if it is pending? Pacer.gov will show all federal cases, open, pending and closed.
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Q: How much should I ask for in a car accident settlement that I was at no fault for?

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 22, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
The truck loss will be handled separately. You should receive the fair market value for your truck close to Kelley’s Or NADA book value. You should also be reimbursed fully for your medical expenses. Unfortunately, soft tissue injuries are very hard to quantify and even harder to get compensated for. You may want to talk to a lawyer in Va and see if her or she can squeeze a little money out of them for pain and suffering.
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Q: I’m adopted and i found out a year ago my biological father died 12 years ago. Can i make a claim on his estate?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 22, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
No. Your rights to inherit from his estate were terminated in the adoption. You can inherit from your adoptive parents but not your biological parents. Your bio dad could have left you something in his will if he wanted, regardless of the termination, but you no longer have the right to inherit from his estate.
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Q: Friend rear ended a car while driving my truck. Left the scene, truck impounded. They have fingerprints from it

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Small Claims for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 22, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
Contact the investigating officer, explain your situation, and see if he will release it. He may since you are innocent and pictures of the damage will suffice as evidence. If he won’t release it, hire a lawyer to get it back for you. The judge can order it released to you.
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Q: my teen daughter's father trying to get emergency custody after I sent her there a few days when I found her drugs.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 20, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
If you are the sole custodian, take your custody order and go get her wherever she is immediately. Then File s motion in your divorce case to suspend his visitation. Once you get her back, do not let her go back to him until after you go back to court in your divorce case.
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Q: Do you get a harsher sentence for having more alcohol in your system?

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 20, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
Yes. If your blood alcohol is above .15, that becomes an aggravator. The presence of an aggravator in a case can subject you to harsher treatment and penalties if you plead guilty or are convicted of DUI.
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Q: What does "Well Regulated" mean in the 2nd Amendment?

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 20, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
Of course, it is a subject question open to interpretation but I would argue it is an equal interpretation of both. It takes progressive regulation by the legislature as well as progressive thinking and implementation by society at large.
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Q: Would you be willing to sit down and hear my case? I left a message on your voicemail. It is urgent

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 19, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
Unfortunately, I am out of town until Tuesday but my partner, Dennis Burke is in tomorrow and Friday and can help you. He is at502-262-4984.
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Q: Is there a statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit after police officers raided my home with a fake search warrant

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 19, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
Yes. One year statute of limitations.
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Q: If I'm unable to work due to injuries and the court is aware of this can i be reincarcerated because of restitution

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 19, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
You can be incarcerated for not making the payments but it is not likely you will be if you are injured and unable to work. I would develop and alternative plan of repayment of restitution however because at some point you will have to still pay the restitution.
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Q: How can I be locked up for 6 months in a county jail and only plea guilty to something I didn't do or put a$10,000.00 up

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 18, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
If the case was dismissed against you, you may have anaction for wrongful arrest. Unfortunately, in the current criminal justice system climate, many innocent people make the decision to plead guilty to something they didn’t do just so they can get out of jail because they can’t afford to post bond.
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Q: My supervisor called me in for a meeting' turns out a disciplinary meeting.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Employment Law for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 18, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
If he didn’t threaten you, point or pull the gun at you, or use force or coercion to get you to sign the writeup, a suit may be difficult to win.
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Q: How do I obtain a letter showing disposition of a past case in Ky?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Military Law for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 18, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
Go to the circuit clerks office in the county where the case occurred and ask for a certified copy of the disposition of the case.
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Q: Can a defendant have the CI in his case be required to testify and be cross examined? The CI is currently absconded

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 18, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
If you know who the CI is, subpoena him. If you do not know who the CI is, he can only be compelled to testify if the judge orders the prosecution to reveal his identity.
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Q: 20 yr old charged with MIP after a passenger left unopened beer in vehicle and then pulled over for headlights.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Kentucky on
Answered on Apr 18, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
Do the diversion and volunteer work. You cannot do better than s guaranteed dismissal. She has the right to fight it, but diversionand dismissal is absolutely the way to go to protect a promising medical career.
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