Author Archives: Katrina Newell

Part 2: Statue of Abraham Lincoln Seen at the Lincoln Legacy Museum

By: Katrina Newell

This is a beautiful statue of the late Abraham Lincoln located in Springfield Kentucky at the museum called “Lincoln Legacy Museum in the 1816 Courthouse.” ¬† This museum is a truly historic site, that provides details about the life of Abraham Lincoln and provides details about his ancestors, his Kentucky roots, his life in Indiana and Illinois and how details about his presidency. ¬†Abraham Lincoln was born in Hardin County, Kentucky ¬†although his parents lived in Springfield Kentucky for thirty years; where they dated and later married. ¬†His father worked in the woodworking industry. His parents were Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks who molded Lincoln to become the 16th President of the United States of America.

President Lincoln only had about 18 months of formal schooling and practiced law without a degree. ¬†He never belonged to an organized church, but read his bible every day. ¬†This statue honors the legacy of the president and of his ancestors. ¬†If you have the chance to visit the museum, you will find his parents’ original marriage bond and certificate of return stored in the archives. ¬† The museum is located at 111 North Cross Main Street, Springfield, Kentucky 40069. I felt this article was interesting and was not aware that this statue of him and the museum existed until i did some research. ¬†That’s why sometimes forced assignments are great!


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Kentucky Laws of Intestacy by Katrina Newell

  1. The State of Kentucky Revised Statutes (2013), Title XXXIV, Chapter 394, §394.010 provides the following laws on intestate succession as opposed to New York State Laws of intestate succession:

a.  If a decedent is survived by a spouse and issue: the decedent’s (either male or female)          issue and their descendants inherits everything. If there are no issue, then it passes onto      the parents.  If both parents are living, the estate is divided among them in two parts, not      necessarily equal.  If only one of the parents are alive that parent gets the entire share.          If the decedent’s parents are deceased, the estate passes onto the decedent’s siblings            and their descendants.  If the decedent has no siblings, the estate then goes onto the            spouse of the decedent.

     New York State Laws of Intestate Succession states:  If a decedent is survived by a                spouse and issue, the spouse receives the first $50,000 and one-half of the rest of the            decedent’s estate.  The rest of the estate is then divided equally among the issue (by              representation).  Unfortunately in Kentucky, the spouse only inherits if there are no issue,      descendants of issue or parents.

b.  If a decedent is survived by no spouse and no issue: the decedent’s inheritance will then      go to his parents in two parts, if the both are living. If only one parent is living, that parent      will receive the entire share.  If no parents are living, the estate then passes onto the              decedent’s siblings and their descendants.  If there are no siblings, it will then go on to          the grandparents, equally, if they are both living. If one is alive then that one gets the              entire share. If they are not living, then it will pass onto the uncles and aunts and their          descendants.  If there are none alive, then it passes onto the great-grandparents                    according to the same manner of the grandparents.

     New York State Laws of Intestate Succession states: If a decedent is survived by no              spouse and no issue, the decedent’s surviving parents inherits equally or if there is only        one parent, that parent inherits it all.

2.   According to the Kentucky Revised Statutes (2013), Title XXXIV, Chapter 394, §394.040              provides the following law regarding the validity of a Will:

a.   In the state of Kentucky, a holographic will is valid, if it is in writing and is signed by the         testator himself, or by a representative in his presence and by his direction.  The will             must be wholly written by the testator and the signature should be witnessed in the               presence of at least two (2) credible witnesses, who must also sign their names in the             presence of the testator, and in the presence of each other.  Nuncupative (oral) wills are         not valid in Kentucky.

     Under New York State Law, holographic and nuncupative wills are not valid with                    the exception of members of the military who are on active duty during a war, civilians            who are accompanying the armed forced during war or mariners.

3.  According to the Kentucky Revised Statutes (2013), Title XXXIV, Chapter 394, §394.040                provides the following law regarding the validity of a will:

A duly executed will must be witnessed in the presence of at least two (2) credible                  witnesses, who must also sign their names in the presence of the testator, and in the              presence of each other.  New York State Law also requires two attesting witnesses as well.

4.  The second most populous city in the state of Kentucky is Lexington (with a population            estimated to be about 305,489 according to the U.S. Census Quick Facts website).

5.  Landrum & Shouse, LLP is a general practice law firm with offices located in Lexington            and  Louisville Kentucky.  They specialize in a wide variety civil litigation services,                    including Probate and Estate Planning.  The mission statement on their website states:          “Our Mission, to which we are dedicated, is to provide professional legal representation          and service to our clients to the very best of our capabilities, individually and in unity with      one another.

6.  Dennis Badger & Associates, Inc. is a real estate appraisal and consulting firm centrally          located in Lexington, Kentucky.  Housed at 141 Prosperous Place #26, Lexington,                      Kentucky, Dennis Badger & Associates, Inc. pride themselves in offering timely real                  property appraisals of most property types such as residential, commercial, industrial,            multi-family, special purpose, vacant land, and residential subdivisions.                          

7.  The Kentucky Court of Justice under the District Court Division  probates wills in                      Lexington, Kentucky located at 150 N. Limestone, Lexington, Kentucky 40507.

8.  A student in Lexington, Kentucky who wants to earn an Associate in Applied Science               degree or a Baccalaureate degree in Paralegal Studies can enroll at Sullivan University.           The school is approved by the American Bar Association.  The tuition for an 18 month             Associates Degree program is $35,040.00, which is definitely more expensive than New           York City College of Technology’s  tuition of $2,865 per semester for the same degree.

Sullivan University did not publish any of their course descriptions online.

 The State Capitol of Kentucky