Lexington Bankruptcy Attorneys
The Lexington, KY, lawyers at Bunch & Brock have years of experience helping individuals throughout Kentucky, providing quality representation in matters of business bankruptcy, personal bankruptcy, business law, estate planning, and trusts.
Out of the approximately 35,000 cities and towns that are geographically recognized by the U.S. Geological Survey, our own Lexington, Kentucky, comes in as the 61st largest. Nicknamed “The Athens of the West” and consolidated with Fayette County in 1974, it is the second-largest city in the state and nothing short of a national treasure. Lexington sits at the heart of the Bluegrass region, a 285.5-square-mile area proud of its exceptionally fertile soil and pastureland. It was this soil quality, coupled with plentiful wildlife, that initially made this location an attractive home to several Native American tribes. European explorers regularly traded with the natives until the late 18th century when the explorers claimed the land as their own, almost 20 years before Kentucky was admitted to the Union.
Like many cities along the Mississippi and Ohio waterways, Lexington was hit hard by cholera outbreaks in the mid-1800s. Despite losing hundreds of its citizens, it continued to grow and was a beacon to many famous faces. Multiple 19th century political figures spent considerable time in Lexington, including President Abraham Lincoln, Confederate President Jefferson Davis (who spent a year attending Transylvania University), Confederate General John Hunt Morgan, Senator and Vice President John C. Breckenridge, and Secretary of State Henry Clay. In fact, Mary Todd Lincoln was raised in Lexington, and she and the President frequented the city and her childhood home many times throughout their married life.
Mary Todd Lincoln’s house still stands today at 578 West Main Street. Built around 1803, it was originally an inn called “The Sign of the Green Tree” before the Todd family bought it in 1832. The 14-room house now contains period pieces, portraits and priceless artifacts from both the Todd and Lincoln families. The brick house and its breathtaking perennial gardens are open to the public and remain one of the city’s most prized historical landmarks. A walking tour of Lincoln’s Lexington is available here.
Just a few blocks away at 100 East Vine Street sits the main location of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, which handles the bankruptcy filings for 22 counties. Over on Limestone Street, there are a pair of courthouses encompassing a total of 256,000 gross square feet. The Robert F. Stephens District Courthouse has divisions for civil claims, small claims, forcible detainer, probate, mental health, criminal/traffic, juvenile matters, and domestic violence. The neighboring Robert F. Stephens Circuit Courthouse has criminal and civil divisions of its own, as well as an appeals division.
Among some of the other historic homes are the Henry Clay Estate, the Hunt-Morgan house, Waveland (a grand estate built for Daniel Boone’s great-nephew), and the Latrobe House (an in-restoration establishment originally owned and designed by America’s first trained architect, John Latrobe). This only scratches the surface of the history of this fine city. Visitors and locals can’t get enough of the five historic and still-operating distilleries in the area that produce some of the world’s most well-known bourbons. The Woodford Reserve Distillery, Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Town Branch Distillery, and Wild Turkey are reason enough to put Lexington on a must-see list of places to visit.
Perhaps the most well-known reason for Lexington’s success can be credited to the plentiful supply of limestone beneath the soil. Limestone, which is a natural source of calcium and a vital nutrient for horses, is what helped build Lexington into the “Horse Capital of the World.” At Kentucky Horse Park, you’re welcome to revel in the majesty of almost 50 different horse breeds, as well as art galleries, museums, and shows. You can even take the Horse Farm Tour to see how Lexington’s equine beauties live.
While champion horses certainly helped propel economic development into what the city is today, the city can also credit two colleges. One is Transylvania University, which was the first university to open west of the Alleghenies. The other is the state’s highest-regarded public university, the University of Kentucky. Home to the Kentucky Wildcats, UK is a founding member and rabid participant in the Southeastern Conference. As most Lexingtonians can tell you, the men’s basketball team holds 8 NCAA championships, was the first team reach 2,000 wins, and is known as the “winningest program” in the history of college basketball.