Getting Started

Whether you're filing bankruptcy, getting divorced or planning for the future. O'Bryan Law Offices will guide you through the process from start to finish. We will meet with you for an initial consultation and determine the best course of action for your individual needs.

Below are some of the basic steps for getting started.

Bankruptcy

We will start by scheduling a "Fresh Start Planning Session" where we will meet you in person, get familiar with your unique situation and discuss some of your options. Unlike other law firms, you always meet with an attorney for your initial consultation. At this meeting you can retain our law firm by making a $300.00 payment towards your legal fees. We will then give you a bankruptcy portfolio with reading material and documents that we need you to complete so that we can prepare your petition. We will also give you a "secret" phone number that you can give your creditors to get them to stop calling you and start calling us!

Before your initial consultation, consider doing the following:

  • Check our Bankruptcy-related articles (See the "Bankruptcy Quick Links" on the right-hand-side of this page) to get a basic understanding of everything involved in the process. You can also download our free E-Book "The Bankruptcy Decision" using the form on the right.
  • Start gathering some of your financial documents. We don't need your entire life history but it's helpful to have a general idea of your debts and income.
  • Download and fill out our Client Pre-Interview Worksheet and Client Worksheet from our Forms & Worksheets.

Visit our Bankruptcy page to learn more about our services.

We help people get a fresh start every day. Call us at 502-448-8400 or fill out our online contact form when you're ready to begin.

Divorce

Divorce is a process most people do not plan on. At O'Bryan Law Offices we want to support and guide you as you make your tough choices.

It is important to think with your head and not with your emotions when beginning the divorce process. Don't use your children or money to manipulate or get back at your spouse. This takes a toll on you, your children and your finances. Spend your energy looking toward the future rather than focusing on the past.

In Kentucky, we have "no fault" divorce, which means that what one spouse did wrong in the marriage usually has no bearing on financial issues.

The major issues in a divorce are:

  • Custody, parenting and support of your minor children
  • Restoration of non-marital property
  • Division of marital property
  • Division of debt.

You should have a good idea of your finances including bank accounts, investments, retirement and pension funds, real estate, vehicles, business interests, and personal property. Know what you had when you came into the marriage and be prepared to document inheritances and gifts.

Your spouse will always be your child's parent and it is important for your children to know that they will remain secure even though their lives will be different; it is equally important to be honest AND not speak badly about your spouse. Joint custody is routine in Kentucky, but not related to parenting time, therefore, you will need to think about a time sharing arrangement that works for your children, you and your spouse.

Visit our Family Law page to learn more about our services.

The first step is always the hardest. Contact our office at 502-339-0222 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your initial consultation.

Wills and Trusts

Our process is designed to ensure your confidence each step of the way. Every decision is reviewed with you multiple times and yet the entire process doesn't stretch out beyond four to eight weeks, so you know that within a single month your loved ones could be totally protected. It's the perfect combination of efficiency and warmth.

The four steps below outline our process.

1. Initial meeting

We'll begin with an initial meeting that serves as an opportunity to meet us and determine whether there is a good fit with our firm. During this initial meeting, we'll walk you through exactly what would happen to your assets if something happened to you.

2. Design phase

We'll help you choose the planning level and fee that is right for you. We'll work with you to design a plan that will give you the peace of mind of knowing your loved ones will be taken care of in the event the unthinkable happens.

3. Document signing

After your plan is designed, you will return to our office several weeks later to sign your planning documents. At this point, your loved ones and assets will be protected in the event of your death.

In most law firms, the relationship ends here. This is where our law firm is different.

4. Maintenance phase

We see signing your estate planning documents as the beginning of our relationship with you and your loved ones. If your plan is not properly updated over time, your documents can become worthless.

As your assets change, so does your family and the law. All of these changes must be accommodated. O'Bryan Law Offices makes sure this happens by communicating with you on a regular basis and by reviewing your plan at least every three years (at no additional charge). We'll keep you informed so you can make the best possible decisions for your family during your lifetime. You will have peace of mind knowing that we will be here for the people you love most in the event of your incapacity or death.

Visit our Wills & Trusts page to learn more about our services.

If this sounds like the kind of relationship you are looking for, please contact our office at 502-448-8400 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.

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