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Lawrence & Associates Provided Free Legal Consultations on Weekends at the Richwood Flea Market This Summer

Posted on Friday, July 18th, 2014 at 3:32 pm    

The Attorneys of Lawrence & Associates provided free legal consultations at the Richwood Flea Market on Saturdays and Sundays between 9am – 5pm this summer. Thanks for meeting with us!

Richwood Flea Market

Kentuckys best and most loved Flea Market since 1980! Richwood Flea Market is your one stop shopping home for all things vintage and new. Whether you are looking for a bargain or looking for a home for your store, Richwood Flea Market is the place for you. Great family fun and food!
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Lawrence & Associates

Lawrence & Associates is a firm dedicated to helping accident victims and the families of fatal accident victims get the compensation and care they need to rebuild their lives. We also help people and their businesses obtain a fresh financial start through bankruptcy. Lawrence & Associates is located in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, and serves all of Northern Kentucky.


Spotlight on Justin Lawrence: Partner at Lawrence and Associates Focusing on Personal Injury

Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 at 11:57 am    

Firm Founder Focusing on Personal Injury

I’ve been practicing law since October 2005 and I found Lawrence & Associates. I currently oversee all practice areas, including Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, and Bankruptcy. However, my hands-on work is mostly in Personal Injury litigation, particularly for products liability and admiralty cases.

Devoted to Helping People Get Back on Their Feet

I went to law school because I wanted to help people. No one needs help more than someone that’s had a traumatic life event. Whether you’ve been hurt and can’t pay medical bills, or lost your job and can’t pay your mortgage, I take a lot of pride in fact that my firm can help get you back on your feet.

I always wanted to represent people, not businesses. I would have to walk off the job the first time a business wanted me to sue a single mom, or something like that. Also, I worked at Children’s Hospital during law school and knew medical records pretty well. So I focused on an area of practice where I knew I’d be helping people and could put my medical based skills to good use. Lawrence & Associates started off practicing in personal injury and expanded from there.

The Future For Lawrence & Associates

Lawrence & Associates needs to continue to grow and sometimes it’s tough because there are a lot of cheap, gimmicky lawyers out there.  Most prospective clients have trouble telling the difference between good lawyers and bad. Getting past the static created by those silly commercials is a major challenge to my firm’s ability to represent those in need.

Lawrence & Associates wants to grow to become the premier legal representation for people in the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati areas. We want to expand our ability to help people with personal injury, workers’ compensation and bankruptcy cases, as well as expand into other areas of practice such as estate planning and elder law.

Our Firm Sets Ourselves Apart Through Client Satisfaction

We are simply the best in client satisfaction, hands down. Most of our business comes from referrals, and a lot of those are from prior clients. We communicate well with our clients and get results. All our fees are up front and there are no hidden charges. We know good service leads to more business down the road than campy commercials or tired gimmicks.

Success is Helping Our Clients with Their Problems…And Winning!

I’ve had clients hug me in the courtroom when they realize we’ve accomplished whatever we set out to do. I’ve brought in millions of dollars for my clients, including two multi-million dollar cases so far in 2014. Both are forms of success to my firm and I. My firm and I like winning, and we win a lot.

Keys to my success are empathy, public speaking, persistence, and continual learning. My background working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital gave me a unique perspective into medical treatment that helps benefit my clients. Also, I’m one of very few people who actually enjoys and looks forward to public speaking. This helps a great deal in the courtroom. In regard to education, I’ve spent the last nine years focusing on the personal injury, workers’ compensation, and bankruptcy areas of practice, and I’ve taken hundreds of hours of continuing education in those areas.

Giving Back to the Community

I focus on helping children with disabilities. I’m on the Board of Directors of Redwood and sponsor several of their events. Redwood is a school that helps children and adults with disabilities lead happy, enriching lives that are incorporated into the mainstream community wherever possible. I have also been appointed by the governor to sit on the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Childhood Development, which focuses on helping children with disabilities meet their developmental goals from birth to age three.

Favorite Quote

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.” – Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States

About Our Personal Injury Practice

Personal InjuryAt the firm of Lawrence & Associates in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, we fight for the rights of people who have suffered serious injuries and the families of fatal accident victims. We work tirelessly to help our clients get compensation and deal with the medical, financial and emotional effects of serious accidents. You will have the comfort of knowing that an experienced legal team is doing everything it can to help you deal with the challenges you face. Lawrence & Associates is located in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, and serves all of Northern Kentucky.

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Why Injured People Should Be Careful With Attorneys or Their Referral Partners Who Solicit Them

Posted on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 at 9:04 am    

attorney solicitationSomeone injured in an accident may not realize that it is illegal to be solicited by an attorney or attorney referral service. If this happens, the injured person should stay far away from that lawyer or doctor. Instead, the injured person should find a reputable doctor and reputable attorney that can represent the injured person.

Kentucky’s Solicitation Law

Kentucky prohibits attorneys and attorney referral services from directly contacting injured people to solicit them as clients. If the attorney or attorney referral service (ie. service, doctor, chiropractor, etc.) directly contacts the injured person within 30 days, it is a misdemeanor that can result in jail time. An attorney referral service can even include a doctor, if the doctor is contacting the injured person on behalf of a law firm.
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Beware – Solicitation Probably Predicts Future Behavior

If an attorney or attorney referral service is willing to break the rules regarding solicitation, how would a client know what other rules this attorney or doctor are willing to break. Such “professionals” are possibly more interested in getting insurance money from their professional fee than they are in making their clients fully compensated for their injuries. Reputable attorneys want their clients to be made whole, if possible.

If you or someone you know was solicited by and attorney or and attorney referral service, please contact Lawrence & Associates today ensure you case will be handled reputably!

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Florida’s Supreme Court Tosses Out a Medical Malpractice Cap That Kentucky’s Legislature Is Now Considering – See Why It Matters to All of Us

Posted on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 at 8:00 am    

malpractice capsIn the article Florida Supreme Court tosses out medical malpractice cap on damages by Mary Ellen Klas, she writes that “The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the centerpiece of the 2003 medical malpractice overhaul law, blasting the Legislature for creating an “alleged medical malpractice crisis” and concluding that the cap on wrongful death noneconomic damages violates the state Constitution’s equal protection clause.”

What Happened

Florida, like many states, passed tort reform laws under the faulty thinking that there was a frivolous lawsuit crisis in the state.  They put a cap on damages that ensured the most injured people would not get full recovery, although people with minor injuries could get a recovery.  This obviously helped the insurance companies, who knew there was a maximum on any given claim.  Looking back, the Florida Supreme Court found that the law was a) unconstitutional, and b) was not based upon a factual foundation.  If you look at the bottom of the article, you’ll see how the Court did research and found that the supposed reasons for passing tort reform were not real.  For example, the claim was that doctors were leaving the state, but looking back at 2003 (when tort reform was passed), the history books show the number of physicians increased rather than decreased.

Why It Matters to All of Us

Kentucky is considering the exact same law that Florida passed this year.  If it passes, anyone with a personal injury claim and a serious injury – death, paralysis, amputation, etc. – will no longer be able to file a claim and receive a full recovery.  Instead, they have to look to state aid (like social security disability) to fill the gaps.  That means the law potentially affects all of us.


Spotlight on Casey Robinson: Associate Lawyer at Lawrence and Associates Focusing on Bankrputcy

Posted on Thursday, June 5th, 2014 at 3:19 am    

Focused on Bankruptcy Cases 

I was sworn in as an attorney in Kentucky in October 2013 and started working at Lawrence & Associates in January 2014.  I was admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Kentucky in March 2014. I work primarily on bankruptcy cases, but I also work with personal injury claims. In bankruptcy, I represent debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases.  I represent clients with personal injury claims from automobile accidents and slip and fall accidents. I chose to focus on bankruptcy because I really enjoyed learning how the entire bankruptcy process works during my course work in college.  Bankruptcy is very different and it is, for the most part, not adversarial.  I enjoy how cooperative the entire process is because it feels like everyone is working toward a similar goal in the end.

Devoted to Helping Clients Get a Fresh Start Through Personal Attention

At the end of every bankruptcy case, whether it is Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, I really feel like I am helping someone restart his/her life.  It is a good feeling knowing that I helped them and that they can begin the process of rebuilding their lives because of our work for them. I am from a small town in Eastern Kentucky, which is one of the poorest regions in the country. I understand the issues that many struggling families go through to make a living and I know how hard it is to recover from serious financial setbacks.

My favorite part of working in the practice is meeting new people on a regular basis.  I enjoy hearing the stories our clients have to tell us, and I think the best part is seeing the relief the clients feel at the end of our bankruptcy cases. I’m devoted to ensuring the best outcomes for my clients. Lawrence & Associates is not a factory.  We work closely with our clients from the beginning to the end of every claim and case. I get involved from the very first meeting with every potential client.  I strive to ensure that I do my best work for each and every client and that all of our clients are satisfied with my work.

Working to Eliminate the Stigma of Bankruptcy

One of the biggest challenges we face is giving potential clients the reassurance that filing bankruptcy is not a bad thing.  People have a constitutional right to seek relief in bankruptcy, which is why it is often referred to as a “fresh start.”  There is a horrible stigma that comes along with filing bankruptcy that should not be there.

First Generation College Grad

My biggest success has been graduating and becoming an attorney.  I am a first generation college graduate in my family, and I am the first to complete graduate school.  Becoming an attorney has been my dream for so long, and I am so glad to have achieved that.  My true success, however, will be helping as many people as I can as an attorney.

Other Legal Experience

I have previously worked in a number of different areas of the law, including insurance defense, domestic relations, criminal law, personal injury, Social Security, estate planning, and mining regulations.  I feel that my experience in the other areas helps me work through all of the various issues that are brought into bankruptcy cases.

Giving Back to the Community 

I work with the Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyer Division (YLD) and the Northern Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyer Section.  I am a volunteer with the CARE Program (Credit Abuse Resistance Education), which puts attorneys in high school classrooms to teach teenagers credit responsibility.  I am also a volunteer in the YLD’s U@18 Program, which educates 17 and 18 year old high school students regarding their basic rights and responsibilities as renters, consumers, property owners, voters, spouses, and employees.

I also recently helped to get the Cincinnati Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, Law Fraternity International, reactivated.  The Chapter will participate in a number of philanthropy and professional events over the course of a year, and it allows us to work with undergraduate and law school students in their chapters.  We are able to connect to Chapters across the world.

Best Advice

The best advice I ever received came from my mother.  She always told me that you won’t know an answer if you don’t ask the question and that you’ll never get help if you don’t ask. I make it a habit now of never hesitating to ask a question and to keep asking questions until I get enough information.  I always advise people that it is okay to ask for help because everyone needs help at some point.  We are here to help, and all you have to do is ask.

About Our Bankruptcy Practice

bankruptcyThere are many reasons that individuals and families find they can no longer afford to pay monthly bills. Some may have recently gone through a divorce. Others have been injured at work or in an accident and are unable to earn an income. Many are facing increased interest rates on mortgages or credit cards and cannot keep up. There are also people who simply let spending get out of control and cannot find a way out. Have you received notice that your wages will be garnished due to delinquent payments on your financial obligations? Has the bank started foreclosure proceedings on your home? Is your car about to be repossessed? Or have you realized that try as you may, there is just no way for you to stay current on all of your bills? Regardless of the financial problems you are facing, it is important to realize that there are legal solutions to help you obtain debt relief.

Immediate Relief For Pressing Financial Problems

Above all, do not ignore your financial problems or lawsuits that creditors bring against you. These issues will not disappear. Your best option is to contact a bankruptcy attorney at the first sign of financial distress. Even if you are facing immediate foreclosure, repossession or wage garnishment, Lawrence & Associates can provide swift legal action to help protect you. Your start to a fresh financial future begins when you contact the bankruptcy law firm of Lawrence & Associates. Our firm helps clients file Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. When you work with our firm, we will take the time to fully explain your legal options and the bankruptcy process in an understandable way — not with complex legal jargon. We can also provide advice on how to stop creditor harassment, garnishment, foreclosure and repossessions.


Legal Update: 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Says Debtors in Chapter 13 Bankruptcies Can’t Contribute to 401K or Retirement Plans

Posted on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at 3:41 pm    

legal updateThe 6th Cir. Court of Appeals, which covers Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and Michigan, says debtors in Chapter 13 bankruptcies can’t contribute to 401k or retirement plans while they are in bankruptcy.

This Decisions Limits an Individual’s “Fresh Start” Through Bankruptcy 

If you are a debtor in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, this decision is bad for you because it causes you to have a higher payment to the trustee. It also takes away your ability to save for retirement. The whole point of bankruptcy is to get a “fresh start”, and part of getting a fresh start is having the ability to save for retirement.

This Decision Will Effect All Taxpayers Eventually

If you are a taxpayer, this is also a really bad decision. People that haven’t adequately saved for retirement are more likely to take advantage of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security for longer periods of time (i.e. before age 67). An increase in the need for these programs will worsen the country’s debt problem and may increase taxes down the line.

What Should Be Done…

We all know that most people don’t save for retirement adequately. The bankruptcy system should force debtors to put money toward their retirement, not prohibit them.  Instead of maximizing the amount of money creditors can get, maximize the benefit to all taxpayers in general. Most creditors are multi-billion dollar corporations, and many of them received bailouts during the great recession. There’s no reason the law should continue backstopping their bad lending decisions at the cost of regular people’s future.

It can be tough staying current on bankruptcy law and it is one of the many reasons that Northern Kentucky bankruptcy filers need the services of a skilled bankruptcy lawyer.

“We’ve Got You Covered.” If you live in the Northern Kentucky area, including Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Grant and Gallatin Counties, Lawrence & Associates can help you with your bankruptcy. Call us today for a free consultation!

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