John K. Carter

John K. Carter

Kentucky Civil Practice and Domestic Relations Lawyer Providing Effective Legal Representation

Firm Overview

Seasoned lawyer aggressively representing clients for more than 22 years
Since 1990, John K. Carter has provided representation for individuals in Oldham, Henry, Tremble and Jefferson counties in matters of estate planning, domestic relations and personal injury. I opened my law firm in La Grange, Kentucky after serving as a Judge in the Jefferson District Court. In January, 2011, I was elected an Oldham County Attorney. I bring a strong sense of justice and professional demeanor to my practice and work intensively to help secure your legacy or resolve your domestic or civil dispute. For more than 22 years, I have helped individuals strategize for the future of their families and have successfully delivered favorable resolutions to a wide range of family law matters and cases involving victims of negligence. I use my extensive knowledge and experience to represent you aggressively in your legal matters.

Attentive lawyer who wants to help people's lives
Having formerly been both a judge and a criminal trial and appellate lawyer, I am attentive to all aspects of the law and the ways legal outcomes affect people's lives. To each of my clients' cases I bring:

-A desire to help My professional and personal satisfaction comes from being able to help people in a variety of legal matters. I deal with each client one-on-one and am attentive to the unique details of each case. Through meticulous planning and aggressive execution, I achieve positive results for you.
-Broad knowledge I approach my cases with broad knowledge derived from my years of experience as a Judge. I have a strong understanding of a wide variety of legal issues.
-Extensive experience My knowledge has been fine-tuned by more than 22 years of experience representing clients in the courtroom. As a trial and appellate lawyer, I have a professional courtroom demeanor and I aggressively and effectively advocate on my clients' behalf.

Effectively representing individuals in various practice areas
I help a wide range of clients achieve positive results in various legal areas, including:

-Estate planning In estate planning, I help you secure the long-term well-being and financial security of your family through transferring assets, minimizing taxes, choosing an executor, appointing a guardian and drafting a will.
-Domestic relations I provide legal services in areas of domestic relations and family law from adoption to divorce and child support. I effectively negotiate for you in mediation or aggressively represent you in court.
-Personal injury I represent clients in personal injury matters, including auto accidents, medical malpractice, unsafe products, dangerous drugs, slips and falls, unsafe work conditions, and more.

Main Office

Main Office
2311 South Highway 53, PO Box 205
La Grange KY 40031




Preserving your family's wealth for future generations

Whether you're planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, John K. Carter can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:

-Estate planning
-Choosing the appropriate executor
-Living wills
-Living trusts
-Wills drafting

Securing your legacy
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. I thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.

Drafting your living will and last will and testament
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.

Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet making decisions that might not reflect your desires.

I can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. I draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Appointment of guardianship
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets' care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.

John K. Carter

John K. Carter

Practice areas:
Wills and Estate planning
Divorce Law
Personal injury

Bar Admissions:
Kentucky, 1970
U.S. District Court, 1970
Western District of Kentucky, 1970

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell , for his professionalism and ethics.


J.D., University of Louisville, 1969
B.A., Kentucky Southern College, 1965
National Judicial College, Graduated 1979

Professional Associations:
Louisville (Member, Board of Directors, 1985)
Kentucky Bar Associations


University of Louisville