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Serving the people of the Owensboro area since 1938
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Our Attorneys

George Thacker:  Mr. Thacker is the senior partner of Thacker, Hodskins, Searcy & Knight, LLP, focusing on probate, tax, and business law matters.  Mr. Thacker graduated from the University of Louisville Law School in 1966 with a Juris Doctor degree, Cum Laude.  He is an elected Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and has served as Kentucky State Chair.  He has lectured for the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville at tax seminars on various topics.  He is past President of the Owensboro Estate Planning Council and the Owensboro Daviess County Bar Association.  Contact George Thacker at
Ed Hodskins:  Mr. Hodskins has been a partner of the firm since 1980.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brescia University in 1974 with a degree in political science, and received his JD from the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law in 1977.  Mr. Hodskins is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and Daviess County Bar Association.  He is a frequent presenter at various estate planning and probate seminars.  Contact Ed Hodskins at
Terra W. KnightMrs. Knight has been a partner with the firm since 2013, starting as an associate in 2007.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law in 2005.    Mrs. Knight is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, Daviess County Bar Association, and is admitted to practice before the federal courts of the Western District of Kentucky, the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the Kentucky Supreme Court.  Mrs. Knight currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Owensboro Area Chamber of Commerce, and is legal counsel for the Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission. Contact Terra Knight at
Erica Yartz:  Ms. Yartz graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky, where she received a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Mathematics.  She earned her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2013.  Ms. Yartz is an associate with the firm and is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and Daviess County Bar Association.  She currently serves as the Assistant County Attorney for McLean County, Kentucky and on the Board of Directors for The Boulware Mission in Owensboro, Kentucky, and Greater Owensboro Area Chamger of Commerce, Chamber Young Professionals.   Contact Erica Yartz at
Nick Volk:  Mr. Volk joined the firm in November of 2016.  Prior to joining Thacker, Hodskins & Knight, he was the Fiduciary Officer and In-House Counsel for First Kentucky Trust Company and an attorney with Goldberg Simpson with a focs on estate planning, trust and estate administration, and tax planning.  Nick earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky, a law degree from the University of Louisville, and a Masters of Law in Taxation from Southern Methodist University.  Contact Nick at
Gregory L. Miller: Gregory L. Miller, paralegal, has assisted the attorneys of the firm with all aspects of real estate title examinations and document preparation since January 1986.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago.  Contact Greg Miller at
Elaine Mullican  Ms. Mullican has been with the firm for over 20 years, serving as the general office manager and coordinating closings for a variety of real estate transactions.  Contact Elaine Mullican at