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FAQ's

Q: Do I need an attorney?
Q: Do I have to pay for your services/ How much do I owe you?
Q: Do you handle criminal cases/ Are you like the Public Defender?
Q: Can I just walk in and get help?
Q: How do I get a pro bono attorney?
Q: How long will a divorce or custody case take?
Q: I can’t pay my rent, how long before I can be evicted?
Q: Can the landlord enter my apartment?
Q: Can I be evicted even though it’s winter/I’m disabled/I have children?
Q: What is a Long Term Care Ombudsman?
Q: What is SHIP?

Q: Do I need an attorney?
A: No, you can always represent yourself, however it is always better to have an attorney if possible. You have a better chance of winning your case if you have an attorney.

Q: Do I have to pay for your services/ How much do I owe you?
A: There is no charge for the time spent on your case. If there are court costs, witness fees or other fees we have to pay to do your case, we will ask that you pay them to the best of your ability.

Q: Do you handle criminal cases/ Are you like the Public Defender?
A: We do not handle cases where you have been charged with a crime, violation, criminal contempt, etc. In those cases, if you cannot afford an attorney, you should ask the judge hearing your case to appoint you an attorney.
We do assist people in expunging their criminal record when they are eligible for expungement.

Q: Can I just walk in and get help?
A: Yes. We will usually ask for a contact number so we can call you back but in an emergency we will try to determine if you are eligible for our services right away.

Q: How do I get a pro bono attorney?
A: Call 859-431-8200 and leave your name and phone number and the kind of case you need assistance with and someone will call you back to determine if you are eligible for a pro bono attorney or representation by a legal aid attorney.

Q: How long will a divorce or custody case take?
A: It depends on whether the person on the other side is agreeable or not. If the parties can reach an agreement then the case should take about 3 months if everything goes smoothly. If the parties are not in agreement and it becomes a contested case, then it can take a long time usually 6 months to a year in most cases.

Q: I can’t pay my rent, how long before I can be evicted?
The length of time depends upon the jurisdiction that you live in and also the terms of your lease agreement. In all jurisdictions in Kentucky, a landlord is required to provide a tenant a written notice to vacate. In jurisdictions that have enacted the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act (URLTA), landlords are required to give at least seven (7) days notice for nonpayment of rent. In jurisdictions that have not enacted URLTA, the law requires a thirty (30) days notice but this can be shortened by lease agreement.

Q: Can the landlord enter my apartment?
A: In jurisdictions that have enacted the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act (URLTA ) a landlord may only enter an apartment at reasonable times after giving at least two (2) days notice. The main exception to the notice requirement is in emergency situations. In jurisdictions that have not enacted URLTA, it simply depends on the terms of your lease.

Q: Can I be evicted even though it’s winter/I’m disabled/I have children?
A: Unfortunately, there is no prohibition from being evicted based on the time of year, a tenant’s disability, family composition or their status as a veteran.

Q: What is a Long Term Care Ombudsman?
A: An Ombudsman is an advocate for residents of nursing homes, personal care homes, and family care homes. Ombudsmen provide information about how to obtain quality long-term care. They are trained to resolve problems, protect the rights of residents, and promote individual dignity and self-determination. If you want, the ombudsman can assist you with complaints; however, unless you give the ombudsman permission to share your concerns, these matters are kept confidential. If you have questions about the Ombudsman program.
Learn more about the Ombudsman program

Q: What is SHIP?
A: SHIP is a free service that helps adults age 60+ and people on Medicare make informed decisions on programs that affect their quality of life, such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Medigap insurance and other benefit programs.
Learn more about SHIP