DGG Law Named in “Best Law Firms” publication, Kyle Galloway named in “Best Lawyers” for 2022

Duncan, Galloway, Greenwald PLLC has been named in the 2022 publication of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”.

Kyle Galloway named in “Best Lawyers®” in the areas of Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law for 2022.

Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession.

Recognition in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For four decades, the publications have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

The lists of outstanding lawyers is compiled by conducting exhaustive peer review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for a lawyer are positive enough for recognition in Best Lawyers, that lawyer must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain in each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be recognized by Best Lawyers.

Duncan Galloway Greenwald, PLLC is a commercial law firm founded by experienced, accomplished attorneys from highly regarded local and national law firms with a shared mission of providing the highest quality representation and the greatest value for our clients. With a broad range of practices, we offer the comprehensive abilities and expansive resources of a large firm with the flexibility to customize services to achieve the unique goals of each client in the most efficient and effective manner. We are collaborative, strategic and committed to ensuring the success of our clients and serving our community.

Kyle Galloway’s focus is commercial real estate, corporate and business transactions, and business law, including documentation for the formation and operation of businesses and non-profits, the purchase and sale of businesses and business interests, and corporate restructuring. Kyle Galloway has over a decade of experience representing commercial and residential developers, lenders, investors, owners, and managers in sophisticated business and commercial real estate transactions. His experience extends to the pre-development process and the representation of developers in the negotiation of construction, construction management, architectural, and engineering contracts, as well as handling property re-zoning and entitlement matters. He also has significant experience in industrial, office and retail leasing transactions.

Kyle P. Galloway

Commercial Real Estate, Land Use Law, Corporate Transactions, Land Entitlement & Zoning

DGG Law Named in “Best Law Firms” publication, Kyle Galloway named in “Best Lawyers” for 20222021-11-04T09:55:18-04:00

The Importance to You and Your Loved Ones of Having an Estate Plan – Part 2

Estate Planning Awareness Week – Part 2

How Can You Encourage Your Loved Ones to Create an Estate Plan?

Estate Planning Awareness Week is a great opportunity, not only to take steps to make sure your own estate plan is in place, but also to talk to your loved ones, especially elderly parents, about creating an estate plan. We know that talking about wills and other end of life issues is difficult. It brings the unpleasant topics of aging and death to the forefront of our minds, and that is unsettling. However, the burden of failing to create a plan often falls onto the adult children. Here are a few tips to help you start the conversation.

  • Be sensitive to your loved ones’ feelings. Remember that even though we all must eventually die, no one wants to dwell on thoughts of their own death while they are alive. So, talk first about putting a plan in place to preserve their choice and control by creating instructions in the event they become too ill to communicate with doctors or handle financial matters for themselves. Remind them that no one ever expects a medical emergency or accident to happen, but they do. Even if they are only willing to create financial powers of attorney and medical powers of attorney, that is a very important start. Then, when the time is right, the conversation can naturally progress to the importance of having documents in place that will make sure that their money and property pass to the people they want and in the way that they wish, provide for the care of any dependents or pets, and minimize any taxes, court costs, and legal fees. Help them understand that you want to make sure that they, not a court, are in control of what happens after they pass away, so you want to make sure all of their instructions are properly in writing to make sure that they are carried out.
  • Involve the whole family. Estate planning that includes the whole family promotes harmony after the parent passes away. Try to include any siblings in the discussion to avoid giving the impression that you are attempting to influence or control your parents’ choices. Emphasize that no one is asking about who gets what, that you just want to make sure that their wishes are carried out if they become ill or pass away, and that any attorney they hire to help will keep everything confidential – even from you – unless the attorney gets their permission to share.
  • Consult an estate planning attorney. Online wills are one-size-fits all, limited in what they can do, often don’t ask the right questions and are not necessarily valid in your state. The last thing a grieving family wants to experience is a will that the probate court won’t accept. Experienced estate planning attorneys listen to your concerns and wishes, and then help you and your loved ones create documents tailored to meet all your unique needs, by preparing an estate plan for the first time or updating an outdated one. We create a plan that will prevent unnecessary stress, legal expenses, and taxes, as well as uneven inheritances, disputes among loved ones, and delays in passing life savings on to them. The guidance we offer will give you and your loved ones the peace of mind that comes with knowing that, if you become ill there are already trusted people ready and willing to help and when you pass away, your wishes will be honored.

The estate planning and elder law attorneys at Duncan Galloway Greenwald PLLC are here to help you and guide you and your loved one through whatever issue is preventing them from putting a plan in place. Read more about our team and find contact information here.

The Importance to You and Your Loved Ones of Having an Estate Plan – Part 22021-10-20T08:57:42-04:00

The Importance to You and Your Loved Ones of Having an Estate Plan – Part 1

The Importance to You and Your Loved Ones of Having an Estate Plan

The third week of October is National Estate Planning Awareness Week. Even though most Americans view estate planning documents (such as wills and trusts) as very important, only one in three people has them.

Aren’t Estate Plans Only for the Rich?

No. The term “estate plan” sounds fancy, but it is just the way to ensure that your money and property go to the people you want them to and that there is a set of instructions and helpers in place if you become ill or disabled before you die. Of course, an estate plan can help you minimize estate taxation and avoid the costs of probate, too, but its primary purpose is to preserve your choices and your control.

What estate planning documents are the most helpful?

  • A will, and often a trust, are the foundation of any estate plan. If you do not have these important documents, state law will determine who will inherit your property—and those might not be the people you would have chosen. Without them, a court, not you, will determine who will be in charge of caring for any minor children or pets and for settling your financial affairs. Clarifying your wishes in a will or trust will help prevent confusion, anxiety, and expense for your loved ones when you are gone.
  • Powers of attorney are the next most important documents because they allow trusted people to help when you need them to, whether that is because you become ill, or are travelling. A financial power of attorney designates an individual to make financial and property decisions (such as opening a bank account, signing a deed, getting your mail, etc.) should you become unable to handle any of these matters on your own. A medical power of attorney appoints a trusted person to make medical decisions for you when you are otherwise unable to speak for yourself, and HIPAA authorizations ensure that your loved ones can obtain needed information.
  • Although perhaps not necessary if you have a comprehensive medical power of attorney, you might also consider an advance directive, also called a living will, which memorializes your wishes concerning your end-of-life care (such as whether you want to receive life support if you are in a vegetative state or have a terminal condition). Advance directives are more limiting than medical powers of attorney but can be used in conjunction with them to help your loved ones feel secure in the knowledge that they are doing what you would have wanted when they are asked to make hard choices.

What else should be part of your estate plan?

  • Insurance – both life insurance and, if possible, long-term care insurance. Having the right amount of coverage is also important in case you become ill and need long-term skilled care and after you die, if you are leaving behind loved ones who rely on your financial support.
  • A list of all of your accounts and other important information (such as information about insurance policies) that may be needed to manage your accounts and property while you are incapacitated or to settle your affairs after you are gone. Keep this information in a safe place and share the location only with trusted family members or other loved ones. This list should include at least the following information:
    • bank and investment accounts
    • titles to vehicles and homes
    • credit card accounts or loans
    • digital accounts (such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter) and passwords
    • Social Security card, passport, and birth certificate
  • A list of legal, financial, and medical professionals you use. The list should include their contact information so your loved ones can easily reach them in the event you or they need the professional’s help.

The experienced estate planning and elder law attorneys at Duncan Galloway Greenwald are here to help guide you through which parts of an estate plan are best for you and your loved one’s needs. Read more about our team and how we can help.

The Importance to You and Your Loved Ones of Having an Estate Plan – Part 12021-10-20T08:46:10-04:00

Duncan Galloway Greenwald PLLC is pleased to announce the formation of its Estate Planning and Elder Law Group

We understand. On a personal level.  And we can help.

Our Estate Planning and Elder Law Group attorneys know first-hand how important it is for their clients to receive not only legal support, but also empathy, as they make plans to preserve their assets and their choice and control.  Bridget, Gavin, and Larisa help:


  • Who need long-term care benefits planning as they help their elderly loved ones preserve not just their assets, but also their choice and control
  • Who want special needs planning for loved ones with chronic disabling illnesses
  • Who are blended and want a clear and fair distribution of their assets in a way that provides for the surviving spouse and maintains family harmony among step-children
  • Who have young children and are concerned about their guardianship and education

Business Owners

  • Planning for the preservation of assets for future generations
  • Wanting to create a succession plan to keep their businesses in the family

Individuals and couples

  • Who need to establish their first estate plan

Young adults

  • Who need powers of attorney or wills for the first time


  • Who need to probate a will
  • Who need to file a petition to dispense
  • Who need to identify assets and pay debts

Larisa E. Gilbert

Bridget Papalia

Gavin Weinrich

For more information click HERE or contact us at:

Duncan Galloway Greenwald, PLLC 

9625 Ormsby Station Road  ●  Louisville, KY 40223

(502) 614-6970


Duncan Galloway Greenwald PLLC is pleased to announce the formation of its Estate Planning and Elder Law Group2021-10-13T11:09:47-04:00

DGG Proud to Announce Two Attorneys Named to Kentucky Super Lawyers List

December 2020

Duncan Galloway Greenwald, PLLC is pleased to announce two of our attorneys have been named to the Kentucky Super Lawyers List for 2021. Congratulations to Kyle Galloway and Bart Greenwald for achieving this recognition!

About Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. No more than 5% of the lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers. Read more about the selection process here.

DGG Proud to Announce Two Attorneys Named to Kentucky Super Lawyers List2021-10-13T11:10:55-04:00

Founding Partner Bart Greenwald Named Louis D. Brandeis School of Law 2020 Alumnus of the Year

October 2020

Congratulations to our very own Bart Greenwald for being named University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Alumni of the Year for 2020!

Bart graduated cum laude from the Brandeis School of Law in 1994. As a founding partner of Duncan Galloway Greenwald, PLLC, he serves as chair of our Litigation Group.

Bart Greenwald has long been an active philanthropist in the Louisville community, and in 2015 was named Volunteer of the Year by the Legal Aid Society. He is the founder of H.E.L.P. (Homeless Experience Legal Protection), a local project that trains and mobilizes attorneys to help the hundreds of homeless people in our community.

Read the full article here at the UofL Alumni website.

Founding Partner Bart Greenwald Named Louis D. Brandeis School of Law 2020 Alumnus of the Year2021-10-13T11:11:05-04:00

DGG Founding Partner Bart Greenwald Named Chair of the Justice for All Campaign

August 2020

Founded in 1921, the Legal Aid Society pursues justice for people in poverty through civil legal help on issues related to income, family, housing, safety and health. The organization’s 2020 Justice for All Campaign has an ambitious goal of raising $350,000 in support of its mission in the midst of the economic challenges the nation is facing.

A member of the Legal Aid Society’s Board of Directors and founding partner of its homelessness program, Project H.E.L.P., Bart has a passion for and commitment to the organization’s mission which will serve him well in leading the campaign. Join us in supporting the Justice for All Campaign at yourlegalaid.org.

DGG Founding Partner Bart Greenwald Named Chair of the Justice for All Campaign2021-10-13T11:11:17-04:00

DGG Ranked One of Louisville’s Five Largest IP Legal Teams

May 2019

Duncan Galloway Greenwald, PLLC has been ranked one of Louisville’s five largest intellectual property (IP) legal teams. Our IP attorneys counsel clients with regard to every aspect of patent law, including litigation and IP audits, as well as trademarks, copyright and domain names, trade secrets and trade dress.

Read about it here: bizjournals.com/louisville/subscriber-only/2019/05/23/louisvilles-largest-iintellectual

DGG Ranked One of Louisville’s Five Largest IP Legal Teams2021-10-13T11:11:48-04:00
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