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In fight to stop the flow of fentanyl, rights must be upheld

The drug crisis in Kentucky continues to be a devastating problem as the citizens of the state continue to succumb to overdoses and the flow of drugs into the state does not appear to be diminishing. A recent case in Lexington saw a man convicted and sentenced for having conspired to distribute fentanyl and cocaine and also for money laundering. What must not be forgotten is that anyone facing charges is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law, and every accused person has a right to a criminal defense.

A man from Lexington was convicted on conspiracy to distribute drugs. He reportedly admitted to being responsible for bringing large quantities of illegal drugs to Kentucky from the southwestern part of the United States. He allegedly admitted to working with others to make this happen. The drugs brought in included cocaine, heroin and fentanyl. In addition to the drugs, a large amount of cash was reportedly seized, which led to charges of money laundering.

How "fair" distribution may affect your divorce

In general, going through a divorce can be a trying time. When couples face divorce with a high level of assets, it may compound the process. 

It is important that parties grasp the key aspects of divorce procedures, and the distribution of assets is one of the most important ones. There are a few key things to understand about the equitable or fair distribution process Kentucky courts utilize.

Medicare and Medicaid fraud can be harmful to one's health

Heart disease is a significant killer in men and women in Kentucky and around the country. Hearing that one may have heart disease can be a terrifying diagnosis. When the diagnosis turns out to be false, and procedures that were carried out were unnecessary, lawsuits may be the result. Such is the situation in a Medicare and Medicaid fraud case involving a Kentucky doctor.

A doctor who practiced at St. Joseph Hospital in London has been convicted of multiple incidents of fraud. The charges involve procedures on dozens of patients he treated between the years 2007 – 2011. Over that period, he implanted unneeded pacemaker devices and billed Medicare and Medicaid for the procedures.

Meth abuse can lead to a traffic arrest

The opioid crisis continues to rage in Kentucky and the rest of the country. In addition to opioids, meth use is still a significant problem in parts of the state. There was a recent alleged incident involving a man from Berea.

Troopers were notified of a car that was driving erratically. The troopers were told by dispatch that the driver of the car had called in saying that a passenger in the car was continuously trying to grab the steering wheel in order to run the car off of the road. The car was crossing traffic lanes in and out of oncoming traffic.

Fire fighters deserve fair hourly wage and overtime compensation

First responders are among the hardest working people in Kentucky. They risk their lives to go to the aid of people in harm's way on a daily basis and deserve to be fairly compensated with an hourly wage for doing so. This should include receiving overtime pay for overtime worked.

In a recent case, a long, drawn-out dispute was settled between Louisville and 17 firefighters and dispatchers. The case had gone on for 18 years. A jury recently awarded the firefighters and dispatchers over $100,000 in overtime pay, including accrued interest. The members of the suit had been working 56 hour weeks but were not compensated by the city for the overtime hours.

When doctors divorce, they face unique challenges

Medicine is more than just a profession. For many doctors, it is an integral part of their lives. Being a physician involves much more than simply going to an office, talking to a few patients and going home.

That's why it can be particularly complicated when a doctor and his or her partner divorce. There are unique complications that most other couples will not face. When going through a divorce, doctors should take into consideration some of the unique complications that may come up during the process.

Medicare and Medicaid fraud involved in health care scheme

In a recent case in another state three people were found guilty concerning a scheme to defraud Medicare of over $17 million. Medicare and Medicaid fraud are serious issues in the state of Kentucky and across the country. The three people named in the case were a physician and two clinic owners.

The three individuals reportedly conspired to defraud Medicare by falsely certifying patients' medical records and needs.  The physician falsified the patient information and medical needs. The clinic owners sold the records to home health care providers who were co-conspirators in the scheme. They in turn billed Medicare for services not needed or not provided.

What can an attorney do to help you through your divorce?

If you are planning to split from your spouse, you may be wondering, "Do I need a divorce attorney?" You may hear conflicting opinions from various sources. But what happens if you cannot handle the complexities of your divorce on your own? 

Getting help from a family law lawyer is a smart idea for most people considering divorce. Here are some ways a divorce lawyer can help you end your marriage smoothly:

Custody and co-parenting tips for the new schoolyear

One of the most complicated issues that you and your former spouse have dealt with after your divorce is your custody arrangement. Between work, your social life and other family obligations, maintaining the custody schedule has often been confusing. Now that a new schoolyear has started, your children will probably have academic and extracurricular activities that will complicate the schedule even more.

To make your life simpler, we have compiled a few helpful tips for navigating child custody and co-parenting during the upcoming schoolyear.

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