Glen S. Bagby


Glen has enjoyed a traditional wills, trusts and estates practice throughout his career. His practice includes all types of wills, trusts, probate, trust administration, powers of attorney, health care proxies and living wills, as well as more sophisticated revocable "living" trusts, credit-shelter and disclaimer trusts, qualified terminable interest trusts (QTIPs), irrevocable trusts of various types, dynasty trusts, personal residence trusts (QPRTs), grantor retained interest trusts (GRITs), grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), grantor retained unitrusts (GRUTs), charitable trusts of various types, asset protection, prenuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, buy-sell agreements, sophisticated gifting planning, and family limited partnerships. Since 1995, he has been selected annually for inclusion in the Best Lawyers for Trusts and Estates.

In addition, he has litigated cases involving trusts, wills, will contests, will construction, declaratory judgments, prenuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements and related issues in Lexington and Louisville, and as far east as Ashland, Catlettsburg and Pikeville, and as far west as Hopkinsville and Trigg County, Kentucky. Since 2011, Glen has been included annually in Best Lawyers in both the Trusts and Estate area of practice of law, which includes estate planning, and also the Litigation - Trusts and Estates area of practice of law.

For years, he has also focused his practice upon how estate planning techniques may impact upon couples who later divorce. He has accepted select divorce cases primarily involving estate planning steps taken during the marriage and the impact of trusts created and funded during the marriage, in a subsequent divorce. He has been selected by Best Lawyers for its publication under the topic Family Law for over two decades.


  • University of Kentucky College of Law  (J.D., 1969)
  • Transylvania University  (B.A., 1966)

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky


  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation, fellow
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
    • Fellow
    • Regent (2010 - 2016)
    • Nominating Committee (2016 - 2017)
  • Magee Christian Education Foundation
    • Board of Directors (1989 - present)
    • President (2002 - 2016)
  • Transylvania University, Board of Trustees
  • University of Kentucky College of Law
    • Moderator and co-chair of the annual Midwest / Midsouth Estate Planning Institute (1987 - present)
    • Adjunct professor teaching Advanced Estate Planning (2008 - present)
    • College of Law Alumni Association's Legacy Award (2021)
  • Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church, past chancellor
  • Kentucky Bar Association
    • House of Delegates, past member
    • Probate and Trust Law Committee, past chair
  • Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, B.O.C.A. Board of Appeals, past chair
  • St. Ives Journal Club (26 attorney membership), past chancellor


  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale - Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers© (1995 - present)
  • Best Lawyers ® 
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Lexington for Trusts and Estates (2014)
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Lexington for Litigation - Trusts and Estates (2015)
    • Family Law (2022-2024)
    • Litigation - Trusts and Estates (2022-2024)
    • Trusts and Estates (2022-2024)
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers®
    • For Estate & Trust Litigation (2021-2023)
  • Transylvania University
    • Distinguished Service Award (2011)
    • Certificate of Appreciation (2006)
    • Morrison Medallion (2017)
  • Appointment special justice to write opinion of Supreme Court of Kentucky, in Haney vs. Transportation Cabinet, 958 S.W.2d 310 (1997)