Last updated: September 27, 2013
Do you have a legal issue, but can’t afford to hire an attorney? There are many free or low-cost legal service options for Jefferson county residents. Most services are provided by the Legal Aid Society of Louisville, a nonprofit agency providing free legal aid to low-income residents and seniors, or through other legal aid organizations. There may be income limits that apply for you to qualify for free/low-cost help. Contact the specific agency to learn more. Below is a list of several organizations available to help you.
Areas of Law: Discrimination, Election and Voting, Freedom Speech, Freedom of Religion, Immigration Rights, LGBT Rights, Privacy, Police Practices, Jail and Prison Conditions, and other issues of fair treatment by government.
Good to Know: The ACLU does not usually assist in the following types of cases: criminal defense or post-conviction appeals, divorce or child custody disputes, property disputes, tax problems, workers compensation issues, consumer complaints, landlord-tenant disputes, building code issues and complaints about lawyers or judges. Fill out an intake form and mail it to the office.
Areas of Law: Most civil matters except criminal or traffic.
Good to Know: This is a free legal service for low-income residents. You must fill out an intake form to see if you qualify. They also have several legal clinics in areas such as AIDS/HIV, senior citizen legal rights, foreclosures, divorce, small claims, expungement. Some clinics require a reservation. Call to learn more.
Area of Law: Domestic Violence, Immigration, Naturalization.
Good to Know: Legal services are free or low-cost.
Area of Law: Immigration, Hispanic and Latino Rights.
Good to Know: This organization operates a rotating legal clinic at different locations. Call to learn more.
Area of Law: Elder Law, Public Benefits.
Good to Know: This is a statewide legal help line or Kentuckians who are 60 and older.
Area of Law: Criminal expungement, civil, family, juvenile, and probate.
Good to Know: This is a link to interactive self-help legal forms.
Areas of Law: Emergency Protective Order hearings, Divorce Actions, and Housing.
Good to Know: The Law School offers direct representation in a limited number of cases. Most cases are referred from the Legal Aid Society.