Faculty Announcement – Justin Key


Justin Key will teach “Probate Practice & Procedure” at Solo Practice University®. He also taught the course, Estate Planning & Practice in the 21st Century.

Justin has always focused his practice on helping individuals and families through some of their most difficult times with his skill and experience in estate planning, probate and domestic litigation, including will contests, divorce, custody, child support, maintenance (alimony), domestic violence (EPO / DVO) and complex property division cases. He has also helped consumers with bankruptcy matters.

Justin graduated magna cum laude from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, and summa cum laude from Murray State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in computer science and a minor in legal studies. Justin was a member of the Brandeis Law Journal, the Saul Lefkowitz National Trademark Moot Court Team, the Lively Wilson Professional Skills Program, and received the Marlin M. Volz Scholarship.

He is a member of the following professional associations and memberships:

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association (Family Law member​ and Solo / Small Firm section chair in 2014​)
  • Kentucky Justice Association (Domestic Law section and Website Committee member)
  • Indiana Bar Association

His community activities include assisting elderly and underprivileged individuals at Legal Aid Wills Clinics and helping children through Project Role Model at the Family Scholar House. He also speaks at high schools through the C.A.R.E. program founded by a bankruptcy judge to help high school seniors prepare for the real world from a financial perspective.

Justin owns and operates Key Law Group, and​ is licensed to practice in all state courts in Kentucky and Indiana, and federal courts in Kentucky and southern Indiana.

Justin has been recognized as a Rising Star in the 2015 Super Lawyers publication.

Learn more about Justin at http://www.louisvilleprobate.com/ and ​http://www.​502divorce​.com/.

Syllabus – Probate Practice & Procedure

Lesson 1 – Overview of the Process

  • Time period after decedent’s passing to probate will / open estate
  • Terms to know
  • Local practice
  • Overview / timeline

Lesson 2 – Getting Started

  • Will or no Will?
  • Petition – Confidentiality & Redaction rules
  • Bonds
  • Fiduciaries

Lesson 3 – Administering the Estate

  • Gathering assets
  • Inventory
  • Claims & debts
  • Appraising & insuring estate property

Lesson 4 – Settling the Estate

  • Formal v. informal
  • Attorney fee affidavits & personal representative compensation
  • Tax issues
  • Renunciations, Disclaimers, and other fun law school terms in practice

Lesson 5 – Alternatives to Formal Probate

  • Dispensing with Administration
  • Small estate affidavits
  • Challenges to probate (will contest)

Lesson 6 – Other Probate Court Issues

  • Name changes – Minor & Adult
  • Guardianship
  • Conservatorship / Curator
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