Legal Assistance Organizations

Various Texas organizations are committed to ensuring fair and equal access to the court system for all members of the public. The organizations highlighted here provide informational videos, free legal publications, self-help guides, legal information, and legal aid assistance to populations that may be at a disadvantage. If you would like more information, contact the library at (512) 463-1722 or at library@sll.texas.gov.

Free Legal Services and Legal Aid

Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program

HVLP provides pro bono legal services to low-income residents of Harris County.

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas

LANWT provides free civil legal services to low-income citizens in North Texas and the Panhandle area, including Dallas, Amarillo, Abilene, San Angelo, and Waxahachie.

Lone Star Legal Aid

Provides legal services (non-criminal) to low-income clients in the Houston and east Texas area. A list of the types of cases they handle is included.

Texas Advocacy Project

A statewide, nonprofit, legal organization dedicated to promoting access to justice for the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

TRLA provides free civil legal services to the indigent residents of central, south and west Texas as well as migrant and seasonal farm workers throughout Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Click here for a listing of the Texas counties TRLA serves.

TexasLawHelp.org Legal Aid Directory

A listing of all the legal services providers in Texas. Service providers are listed by name as well as by service area. Also provides information about Legal Aid and has an online form for finding legal assistance.

Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas

This non-profit serves low-income residents in central Texas and helps to provide access to the civil legal system.

Legal Hotlines

For Veterans

The Texas Bar recently started the Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans project to help provide legal assistance to veterans who otherwise cannot afford legal assistance.

Texas Legal Services Center has the Veteran's Legal Assistance Project to help provide free legal assistance to low- to moderate-income veterans and their families.

For Elder Texans

The Texas Legal Services Center helps the older Texan population with its Texas Legal Hotline service. This is a toll-free legal hotline for Texans over the age of 60 or Texans who receive Medicare.

For Non-Custodial Parents

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas offers an access and visitation legal hotline that provides non-custodial parents with easy access to basic legal information regarding child custody, visitation, and access; paternity establishment; child support orders; modifications; and enforcement.

For Victims of Sexual Assault

The Texas Legal Services Center and the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault provide a free and confidential legal hotline through their Sexual Assault Legal Services & Assistance (SALSA) program.

Advocacy Organizations

Texas Access to Justice Foundation & Texas Access to Justice Commission

Funding civil legal services for low-income Texans. These groups provide information about where to get assistance, but they do not provide legal assistance.

Texas Legal Services Center

A non-profit legal office that provides assistance to poverty law advocates. They sponsor and coordinate projects that help low-income and disadvantaged Texans who need legal help.

Other Legal Assistance

TexasLawHelp.org

The best resource for anyone with legal questions. TexasLawHelp.org hosts many free legal forms and informational packets as well as a LiveChat service that allows you to chat with an attorney during normal business hours.

Texas Bar

The Texas Bar is the state's principal bar association. If you are in need of legal assistance but cannot afford an attorney, the Texas Bar has compiled a list of resources for low-income Texans. For information specific to your county, you may want to look through the Referral Directory for Low-Income Texans [PDF].

El Paso County Public Defender - How Do I Find an Attorney?

Provides information about how to finding an attorney for criminal, immigration, family law, eviction, and general civil cases (only applicable to El Paso County). 

page last updated: 10 Feb 2014 8:36 AM