Kentucky has four programs that provide a wide range of legal services to low income and elderly Kentuckians. If you want to know whether a Kentucky Legal Services program can help you, you MUST contact the appropriate program directly. Unfortunately, the website managers are not lawyers and cannot provide legal assistance or eligibility information by email.
Kentucky's legal services programs serve people who live in Kentucky only. Each program serves a specific part of Kentucky, and each program has its own rules about the types of cases it takes. To see which program serves your location in Kentucky, use the searchable Kentucky map.
Web sites and main telephone numbers for Kentucky's legal services programs:
AppalReD Legal Aid (eastern and south central Kentucky):
New clients please call 1-866-277-5733
Kentucky Legal Aid (western Kentucky):
First time callers: 866-452-9243
Toll Free: 800-782-1924
Legal Aid of the Bluegrass (northern and central Kentucky):
Veterans' Project: 866-516-3054
Legal Aid Society (Louisville and the surrounding counties):
800-292-1862 (Toll-Free in KY only)
If you are 60 or older and have a legal question or problem, call the free Legal HelpLine for Older Kentuckians at 1-800-200-3633. This HelpLine offers advice on legal issues, Medicare, and Medicaid. For assistance with pension issues, call the Mid-America Pension Rights Project at 1-866- 735-7737 or go to www.pensionrights.org.
For help with criminal matters, contact Kentucky Public Advocacy.
You can also find an attorney by going to the Kentucky Bar Association web site.
Other programs carry out special missions or serve specific groups of Kentuckians:
- The Appalachian Law Center provides free legal services to people and groups on legal issues related to coal mining, logging, drilling, and other similar practices in Central Appalachia. The Center also handles federal black lung benefits claims and mine safety discrimination cases.
- The Children's Law Center, Inc. serves Kentucky's children in several ways. The Center provides lawyers, does research, works for child-friendly policies, and provides training and education to attorneys and others regarding the rights of children.
- The Kentucky Resources Council, Inc., a membership-based non-profit group, provides legal and technical assistance without charge to low-income individuals, community groups, and communities on air, waste, water, resource extraction and development issues.
- The Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, 859-233-3840, provides legal advice and representation in immigration cases.
- The Kentucky Equal Justice Center, 859-233-3057, acts in partnership with local legal services programs to address needs of low income Kentuckians that cannot be served by typical legal service providers. KEJC also advocates for policy reform and brings high impact legal cases on behalf of underserved populations.
For matters relating to the funding and provision of legal services statewide, contact the Access to Justice Foundation