Each lawyer in our firm has represented many farmers in a variety of matters. Whether your farm has a dispute over a crop insurance claim or you need lease negotiations or you have a boundary dispute, we have the experience to help get the matter resolved to your advantage.
Insolvency is a trying time in anyone’s life, but if it happens to you, you need experienced legal representation. David Arvin has been representing individuals who found themselves in a financial crisis for over 30 years. If your debts seem insurmountable, David Arvin can help you make an informed decision on whether he can assist you by providing representation to file a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Then he can represent you as you have your debts restructured or discharged.
Business and Franchise Law
Each of our attorneys has experience forming corporations and related legal entities along with providing legal counsel to corporate boards, including shareholder and corporate litigation.
Civil litigation is a broad area of practice which reflects the wide variety of civil disputes. This includes everything from contract disputes to bet-the-company litigation in the state and federal courts of Kentucky and Tennessee. Our attorneys represent both plaintiffs and defendants. With over 75 years of combined experience, we will handle your dispute at each phase: from inception through to a negotiated settlement or trial. In the event your case is appealed, we have the experience to serve as your advocate in the appellate courts.
We represent both regulated entities that need to acquire property rights to construct utilities and related public projects, as well as representing local landowners who challenge the use of eminent domain. The procedures for condemnation are highly specialized depending on whether the case is brought in state or federal court, but our firm has the experience to represent you in any forum. Dan Thomas is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Claims for related regulative takings by the United States.
Having served for 12 years on the Christian County Board of Education, Dan Thomas is very knowledgeable in education law. He has represented teachers, administrators and school boards throughout Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee. Additionally, he has served as a hearing officer for due process hearings.
Estate Administration and Probate
When a loved one has passed, the last thing on your mind is handling the legal affairs of the deceased. Hopefully, there is an estate plan in place, but if there is not, skilled legal counsel can still help you navigate the estate process. Ultimately, our firm will help you understand the estate process and minimize the burden to you and your family. We will work with you to evaluate the estate and elect what legal steps need to be taken. We will be your counsel and advocate until probate and/or the trust administration is complete.
Estate planning encompasses many different factors, but our priority is to ensure that your wishes are met, both after death and in the event of a medical emergency. Your estate plan may include different legal instruments such as: a last will and testament, power of attorney, advanced gifts, a health care surrogate, or the establishment of one or more trusts for yourself, your spouse and/or a child.
James Adams handles all family law matters for our firm, including cases of divorce (contested and uncontested), child custody, child visitation, and related matters in Christian County and the surrounding counties. Mr. Adams also provides private representation in dependency, neglect and abuse matters.
Mr. Arvin has served as the Christian County Master Commissioner since 1987. As Master Commissioner, he is responsible for conducting all foreclosure sales referred by court order. Please visit the separate Master Commissioner website for information regarding current foreclosure sales:
Oil and Gas Law
Dan Thomas in particular has developed an ever-expanding number of clients in contested matters concerning oil and gas production and coal related issues in Western Kentucky.
Representative cases include title disputes over mineral rights, permitting, environmental related issues, fee disputes over the costs of production, disputes over drilling and drilling equipment, and fraudulent sale of oil and gas leases. With the complexities of the oil and gas business, which are unique to each region, there is no substitute for experienced counsel in a contested oil and gas litigation.
Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
All consultations in personal injury/wrongful death cases are at no cost to you. For a client who has suffered an injury, the only remedy the legal system can offer as justice is financial compensation. The same is true in a wrongful death case. We have successfully achieved favorable settlements and verdicts from juries in both state and federal courts.
Real Estate & Zoning Law
Our firm represents clients in real estate transactions and contested real estate matters such as property line and usage disputes. Mr. Thomas has extensive knowledge of the unique laws and regulations affecting real estate development and zoning matters, and currently is a board member on the Hopkinsville Christian County Community Development Services (formerly the “Planning Commission”).
Trusts and Estates Litigation
Trusts and estates are common tools for people to pass their assets at their death or by a living directive. Leaving assets entrusted to another person or a trust can sometimes lead to legal disputes. A trustee may fail to follow the wishes of the person establishing a trust for his/her family. In a “will contest,” a beneficiary may challenge that a will reflects the actual wishes of their deceased relative, usually when there is a lack of capacity or indications of fraud or undue influence. Having represented parties on both sides of these often-emotional disputes, we have the experience to explain your options to you and move toward final disbursement of the will’s assets.
Note: Kentucky does not certify specialties in legal fields. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.