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What We Do

Our team of attorneys and experts provides free legal advice and representation to low-income, disabled, and elderly people with civil legal problems. We serve clients throughout South Central and Western Kentucky with offices in Bowling Green, Madisonville, Owensboro, and Paducah. We aim to resolve civil legal crises that pose barriers to self-sufficiency and help improve our clients’ quality of life.  

Our Services

Representation: Kentucky Legal Aid attorneys represent eligible clients in serious civil legal matters – before judges, in administrative hearings, and at mediations.  

Legal Counsel & Advice: When full-scale representation is not available, Kentucky Legal Aid provides timely, professional legal advice and counsel, makes effective referrals, and distributes self-help materials and forms.  

Community Education: Kentucky Legal Aid educates the community about civil legal rights and remedies. 

To learn more, select a key service area below. 

HEALTH AND PUBLIC BENEFITS


Kentucky Legal Aid helps clients access critical benefits and resolve issues with programs such as: 

  • Medicaid and Medicare
  • Medical Card (Kynect)
  • Food Stamps (SNAP) and WIC
  • K-TAP
  • Social Security
  • Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Unemployment Benefits 


If your benefits or your insurance have been denied or discontinued, you can call us for legal advice. In our public benefits practice, we aim to help clients secure financial stability. We also educate the community about rights and responsibilities with respect to benefits programs. 

Kentucky Legal Aid’s central office in Bowling Green also houses two important programs to educate and advocate for clients’ rights in benefits and health care programs. 

  • Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman Program 
    The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for quality of life and care for residents of long-term and personal care facilities in BRADD counties of Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson and Warren. The program also monitors care and conditions in long-term care facilities, works to investigate and resolve complaints and provides public information and education. 

  • Barren River State Health Insurance Program (“SHIP”)
    SHIP assists Medicare beneficiaries and anyone 60 years of age or older in making informed decisions about benefits and healthcare options based on individual circumstances and needs. SHIP services are available in BRADD counties (Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, and Warren).

VICTIMS' RIGHTS

Kentucky Legal Aid helps victims of crime and survivors of domestic, intimate partner, and family violence obtain: 

  • Protection from abuse with civil legal restraining orders (domestic violence orders (“DVOs”) and interpersonal protective orders (“IPOs”)
  • Divorce and/or safe child custody and visitation orders
  • Safe housing
  • Financial security by helping clients access available public benefits or challenge certain debts


In addition to representing eligible clients in legal cases, Kentucky Legal Aid can provide advice and counsel about strategies for stabilizing daily life after experiencing a crime. We can assist with safety planning if you are considering leaving a violent relationship or if you need tips on how to best stay safe after escaping an abusive situation. 

DIVORCE, CUSTODY & FAMILY

Kentucky Legal Aid can help eligible low-income families find stability in cases involving: 

  • Divorce 

  • Custody and visitation 

  • Domestic and interpersonal violence (restraining orders)

  • Child and spousal support


We aim to empower low-income families through some of life’s most difficult and stressful situations. Even if we cannot offer full representation, we may be able to provide self-help legal advice or counsel. We work closely with community partners to reach clients who have experienced family violence and we are sensitive to the safety concerns and needs of survivors of abuse. 

HOUSING

Kentucky Legal Aid can provide legal assistance in cases involving the following issues:

  • Eviction 

  • Foreclosure

  • Disputes over utilities and repairs

  • Housing discrimination

  • Habitability 

  • Enforcement of fair housing laws

  • Section 8 or public housing authority terminations 

We help low-income, elderly, and disabled clients who live in public and private housing whether they are renters or homeowners. In our work on housing issues, we strive to prevent homelessness and increase access to safe, affordable housing for all people. Kentucky Legal Aid also provides housing counseling and advice on topics including renting, tenant’s rights, default resolution, foreclosure avoidance, and reverse mortgages. 

MONEY AND DEBTS

Kentucky Legal Aid can help clients with consumer and money problems such as:

  • Harassment from creditors 

  • Relief from high-interest payday lending abuses or predatory lenders

  • Debt collection abuses and repossessions

  • Unfair car loans or problems with defective vehicles

  • Wage garnishment

  • Identity theft and credit repair

  • Chapter 7 bankruptcies 

We can help work out debt repayment plans, and we strive to improve financial stability and literacy for our clients. We aim to provide real, long-term solutions to help clients eliminate barriers to financial self-sufficiency. 

ELDER LAW

Kentucky Legal Aid works with clients over the age of 60 on a variety of issues including but not limited to: 

  • Living Wills 

  • Power of Attorney documents

  • Bankruptcies and debt collection problems 

  • Family law problems – caring for grandchildren, divorce, custody, etc. 

  • Benefits and Health Insurance counseling. Through our State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) in the Barren River Area we help clients make informed decisions about benefits like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, SSI, prescription drug coverage, and more. For more information about SHIP, click here.

  • Advocating for clients in nursing, personal care, and long-term care homes. For more information about our Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, click here

WORK AND SCHOOL

Kentucky Legal Aid helps people address legal challenges that arise in connection with work and school, such as:

  • Ensuring quality access to school for children with disabilities 

  • Challenging unfair school discipline – unwarranted expulsions or suspensions

  • Criminal record expungement – clearing past criminal records to help clients obtain a clean slate and improve access to quality jobs, housing, or employment licenses

  • Wage claims (underpayment or withholding of wages, garnishment, etc.)