Practice Areas

Bell, Orr, Ayers & Moore provides a wide range of legal services to meet the needs of our diverse clientele. Bell, Orr, Ayers & Moore’s practice is not limited to Bowling Green or South Central Kentucky; Our attorneys appear in state and Federal Courts and administrative proceedings throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky, from border to border.

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Adoption Proceedings

Our attorneys have the experience and expertise to assist you in every step along your adoption journey, including the termination of the biological parent’s rights, communicating with various child service providers, and the final hearing to vest parental rights in the adoptive parents.

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Banking & Finance

Our firm regularly represents banks and other financial institutions throughout Kentucky in a variety of areas. We litigate claims on behalf of banks and other creditors, and vigorously defend claims made against banks. We also have years of experience in preparing transactional documents, conducting real estate closings, and facilitating financing for corporate, construction and residential loans and loan restructuring.

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Bankruptcy

Our attorneys offer clients representation in bankruptcy and insolvency matters. We represent and advise debtors and creditors on financial matters, and represent them in bankruptcy, adversary proceedings, and other insolvency litigation.

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Complex Tort Litigation

Our attorneys are routinely involved in the investigation and litigation of cases involving serious injuries and damages, complex legal issues, and multiple parties with intricate relationships. We are often engaged shortly after accidents or incidents occur to guide the investigation, preserve evidence, and take witness statements to permit us the opportunity to best represent our clients through litigation and trial.

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Creditor’s Rights/Collections

BOAM attorneys have significant experience in protecting and enforcing creditors’ rights. Our attorneys work with banks, finance companies, automotive dealers and other businesses that extend credit to ensure our clients’ rights are adequately protected and enforced, whether through enforcing the terms of a promissory note or protecting a creditor’s collateral after its customer has filed bankruptcy.

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Criminal Law

BOAM represents clients in a wide range of criminal matters. We provide dedicated and aggressive legal representation, analyzing the client’s case fully, and examining all police and judicial procedures to ensure that the client’s Constitutional rights are vigorously protected.

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Employment

Our attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced in all facets of employment matters. We routinely assist employers in the development and administration of employee handbooks, policies, and procedures, focusing on compliance with federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations, and conduct seminars on compliance and reporting issues. We also represent employers and employees in state and federal courts and before administrative bodies.

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Governmental Entities

Our firm’s vast experience representing governmental entities includes serving as general counsel for one of the region's largest electric, water, sewer and fiber optic service utilities. Our attorneys are experienced in providing legal services to such governmental entities in litigation, employment matters, condemnation and land acquisition, and compliance with federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, and also provide the customary business services afforded to all corporate clients.

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Insurance Defense

Our attorneys have a long history of representing insureds on behalf of major insurance companies in a variety of  disputes. We also provide strong defense of direct actions against insurers, such as claims for uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits and bad faith claims. Additionally, we have extensive experience litigating insurance coverage issues, including working with special investigations units to investigate coverage issues and fraudulent claims, preparing coverage opinions, and filing declaratory judgment actions relating to coverage issues

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Landlord/Tenant

Our firm represents clients in a wide range of landlord/tenant matters, including drafting residential and commercial lease agreements, evictions, claims for lease violations and damages, discrimination lawsuits, and compliance with the Kentucky and Federal Fair Housing Act. Our attorneys regularly litigate claims to enforce their clients’ lease agreements and vigorously defend landlords when claims are made against them.

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Litigation

Our attorneys are skilled litigators providing individuals and businesses a wide range of litigation services in state and federal courts, and before various administrative bodies.  BOAM attorneys are routinely engaged to litigate cases through trial, as well as to seek cost-effective resolutions through mediation and arbitration.

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Mediation Services

Our attorneys rely upon their decades of experience to address a wide variety of issues that arise during mediation, helping parties to reach satisfactory conclusions without litigating a claim through trial. Our mediators are qualified and available to mediate disputes in a wide range of areas, including banking, commercial and business litigation, employment matters, personal injury, and product liability claims

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Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Our attorneys consistently represent nursing home patients and their families in cases against negligent or abusive nursing homes and their staff. Our representation of neglected, exploited and abused nursing home residents is focused on holding nursing homes and their parent companies responsible for their actions and compensating clients for the wrongdoing suffered.

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School & Education

Our attorneys represent various public school districts and provide advice on a variety of issues relevant to education, including personnel and employment matters, Freedom of Information Act Requests, tenure, discrimination laws, contract review, procurement law and compliance with other state and federal laws and regulations applicable to educators and administrators.

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Tax

Our attorneys are experienced in counseling clients on a variety of tax issues. We assist business owners with issues pertaining to sales and use tax, corporate taxation, limited liability company taxation and tax consequences of the purchase or sale of business assets or equity. We also regularly advise clients regarding the applicability and tax effect of the United States Estate, Gift and Generation Skipping Tax and Kentucky Inheritance taxation to their estate plan and work to minimize the tax consequences from the transfer and disposition of assets.

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Zoning

Our firm represents businesses and individuals in all types of zoning-related cases, including variances, conditional use permits (special exceptions), and requests for zone changes. Our attorneys regularly practice before zoning boards, boards of adjustment, planning commissions, local legislative bodies, and state courts.

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