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SHIP Can Help; Medicare Open Enrollment

For many of us, autumn is considered a time of beauty as we watch the colors of the foliage change. However, it represents something completely different for nearly 54 million Medicare beneficiaries. Instead of watching the leaves turn different shades of splendor, they watch as their mailbox is stuffed each day with marketing material from insurance companies. Television ads are plenty and often times, they are met at the pharmacy by insurance agents attempting to enroll them into a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan or Medicare Part C Advantage plan.

Honoring Excellence at NKVL Luncheon
Covington, KY— The 38th Annual Northern Kentucky Volunteer Lawyers (NKVL) Pro Bono Awards Luncheon is Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Summit Hills Country Club in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Special recognitions for volunteer attorneys who provided exceptional service will be presented at this event.
New Development in Kentucky Landlord Tenant Laws

In an opinion released yesterday, the Supreme Court of Kentucky held that landlords must give tenants proper notice to vacate and landlords may not file their forcible detainer (or eviction) complaint until the vacate date has passed. Until the notice period has passed, the tenant is in lawful possession of the property and a prematurely filed forcible detainer complaint must be dismissed.

Feeding Kentucky's Economy

More than 17,000 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in eight Kentucky counties were set to lose their benefits in early 2016 from the lapse of a federal waiver. A federal regulation requiring that able-bodied adults must volunteer, work or go to school to receive SNAP benefits, better known as food stamps, had been waived since the 2009 recession. This rule limits SNAP benefit receipt to three months in every 36 months for unemployed adults aged 18-49 who are not disabled or raising minor children.

Future Attorneys Gain Experience

Introducing our 2016 Summer Law Clerks. Through partnerships with local universities and law schools, LABG provides placements for students seeking professional experience. These positions offer practical learning opportunities and allow students to contribute in a meaningful way while building their resume. Kaytlin Rose Cox 2L, Salmon P. Chase College of Law Pro Se Law Clerk

Local Services for Local Veterans

When the need for legal services for local veterans became apparent to Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, we responded quickly. A newly hired attorney concentrates efforts on veteran clients. Support for the veteran population comes in several forms.

YOU TELL US: Legal Aid Conducts Survey

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass (LABG) wants to hear from you about legal issues you have experienced or affect those you work with. Please complete this survey so LABG can continue providing legal assistance to those with brutal needs in Kentucky. Attorneys should complete this survey.

Amended Regulations for Federal Student Aid Distribution

New regulations for how federal student aid or title IV funds are distributed to students effective July 1,2016. Notable changes include access to surcharge-free ATM's, transparency on account options where student may receive funds and obtaining consent before opening account with third party servicers such as debit and pre-paid cards.

Senior Seminars Provide Guidance for Aging Population

As an individual enters their golden years, they may experience unique legal challenges. These challenges often involve a person’s dignity, independence or health such as, accessing long-term care insurance and nursing facility care, and ensuring a person’s wishes are respected after passing. Legal Aid of the Bluegrass will provide information about these and other legal challenges at its Senior Seminars. Attendees will learn about: Long Term Medicaid, Power of Attorney’s, Wills, Guardianships, Medicare and Medicaid and Money Savings Programs for seniors.

The Newest Members of the LABG Team

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is proud to welcome two new members to our advocacy team. Ms. Annie Francis returns to LABG after two years in private practice and Mr. Ross Lovely joins us after working in Duluth, Minnesota. Together, Annie and Ross generally cover the northeastern counties of Legal Aid’s service region and work in the Ashland area. Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is currently exploring new office space in downtown Ashland as to be located closer to public transportation routes and to be more visible in the community.