Free Legal Hotlines

Some local bar associations and lawyer referral services offer free legal advice hotlines as a public service. These legal hotlines are usually held once or twice a month in the evenings. Members of the public are welcome to call to speak to a lawyer who may be able to offer useful advice or recommend a course of action. Please see the websites below for more information about the services offered.

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Austin Lawyer Referral Service LegalLine

The Austin LRS offers its LegalLine on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The phone number to call is (512) 472-8303.

Consejos Legales en Español

La Asociación de Abogados de Houston ofrece una línea telefónica por la cual uno puede hablar con un abogado gratis para recibir consejos legales. La línea telefónica se ofrece el primer jueves de cada mes de las 6 p.m. hasta las 8 p.m. El número de teléfono es (713) 759-1133.

Dallas Bar Association LegalLine

The Dallas Bar Association offers its LegalLine on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The phone number to call is (214) 220-7476.

FreeLegalAnswers.org

This website allows you to ask a lawyer a legal question in writing. You will receive an email when an attorney has answered your question. Only those who meet certain criteria qualify for this service. The American Bar Association runs this service.

Houston Bar Association LegalLine

The Houston Bar Association offers its LegalLine on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The phone number to call is (713) 759-1133. This service is also offered in Spanish on the 1st Thursday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the same phone number.

Legal Hotline for Texans Over Age 60 or Medicare Recipients

The Texas Legal Services Center offers a free legal hotline for Texans over the age of 60 or Texans who receive Medicare. The phone number to call is 1-800-622-2520.

Tarrant County Bar Association LegalLine

The Tarrant County Bar Association offers its LegalLine on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The phone number to call is (817) 335-1239.

Veteran's Legal Assistance Project

The Texas Legal Services Center offers a free legal hotline for low-income Texas veterans and their families (with a focus on outreach to the disabled veterans who live in rural areas of the state). They provide assistance with civil legal questions. The phone number to call is 1-800-622-2520, option 2. The Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans program from the State Bar of Texas may also be able to connect veterans with free or low-cost legal assistance. 

Fort Bend County Residents

Fort Bend Lawyers Care offers a legal advice hotline for Fort Bend County residents. This Legal Line is available every Friday and calls for qualification are accepted from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. To pre-qualify, call (281) 239-0015 and an attorney will get back to you that same day or the following Monday. Spanish language assistance available / También se habla español.

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas Telephone Intake and Advice

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas offers free legal help by phone. The hotline is available for Texans who qualify and who live within their service area (except Dallas and Tarrant counties). The hotline is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and then again from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m (except on holidays). Wait times can be long; please expect to hold for 30 minutes or longer. The number to call is 1-888-529-5277.

Montgomery County Residents

The Woodlands Bar Association offers their free Law Line to answer legal questions for residents of Montgomery County. The hotline is available on the 1st Monday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The phone number to call is (281) 645-6344

Telephone Access to Justice (TAJ)

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid offers this legal hotline for those who qualify and live within their service area. The phone number to call is 1-888-988-9996.

Waxahachie Telephone Intake

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas offers telephone intake every Tuesday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for those who qualify and live in their Waxahachie service area. The phone number to call is (972) 923-3344.


Access and Visitation Hotline

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas offers an access and visitation legal hotline that provides parents with basic legal information about issues related to family law (e.g., child support). The hotline is available on weekdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The phone number to call is (866) 292-4636. Spanish language assistance is also available.

Family Helpline

The Family Helpline is staffed by lawyers who can provide legal information and education regarding CPS (Child Protective Services) issues. They can provide information regarding CPS investigations, service plans, legal terms, kinship care, what to expect in court, and other related topics. It is a project of the Texas Legal Services Center, the Texas Children's Commission, the Children's Justice Act, and the Texas Access to Justice Foundation. The Family Helpline is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The phone number to call is (844) 888-6565.

Línea de Ayuda a la Familia

La Línea de Ayuda a la Familia ofrece información legal relacionada al Servicio de Protección al Menor de Texas (CPS). Los abogados disponibles a traves de esta línea de ayuda ofrecen información y educación sobre investigaciones de CPS, planes de servicio, términos legales, cuidado a miembros de familia, qué esperar en la corte, y otros temas relacionados con CPS. La línea es un proyecto de Texas Legal Services Center, Texas Children's Commission, Children's Justice Act, y Texas Access to Justice Foundation. La Línea de Ayuda a la Familia es disponible de lunes a viernes, 9:00 a.m. a 6:00 p.m. El número de teléfono es (844) 888-6565 y se habla español.

Texas Advocacy Project

The Texas Advocacy Project offers two free legal hotlines: the Hope Line, which addresses a variety of legal concerns related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and the Pro-Bono Attorney Line, which is reserved for attorneys seeking legal assistance for pro bono domestic violence cases. These hotlines are staffed by attorneys Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Hope Line is available at (800) 374-4673. The Pro-Bono Attorney Line is available at (866) 598-4277.


Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault (LASSA)

LASSA attorneys provide sexual assault survivors with information and advice about legal issues that may arise following a sexual assault. Callers may remain anonymous if they wish. The hotline is answered by attorneys seven days a week. The phone number to call is 1-844-303-SAFE (7233).

Sexual Assault Legal Services & Assistance (SALSA)

The Texas Legal Services Center and the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault provide a free and confidential legal hotline for victims of sexual assault. The hotline is available on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number to call is (888) 343-4414.

Texas Advocacy Project

The Texas Advocacy Project offers two free legal hotlines: the Hope Line, which addresses a variety of legal concerns related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and the Pro-Bono Attorney Line, which is reserved for attorneys seeking legal assistance for pro bono domestic violence cases. These hotlines are staffed by attorneys Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Hope Line is available at (800) 374-4673. The Pro-Bono Attorney Line is available at (866) 598-4277.


State Bar of Texas — Disaster Relief

The State Bar of Texas offers a disaster relief hotline, answered in English and Spanish, to help those affected find help. Times vary and are listed on the website. The phone number to call is (800) 504-7030.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid — Disaster Assistance

For those who need legal assistance after a disaster, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid offers this hotline for those who qualify and live within their service area. The phone number to call is 1-866-757-1570.


Division of Workers' Compensation

The Division of Workers' Compensation offers several hotlines for concerns regarding workers' compensation claims, workplace safety, suspected workers' compensation fraud, and other issues. Please view the organization's website for the numbers to call.

Equal Justice Center — Workers' Rights and DACA Applications

The Equal Justice Center provides free legal advice regarding employment matters (e.g., unpaid or low wages) to low-income workers. They also provide assistance preparing and submitting applications for the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). For assistance regarding your rights at work, call (800) 853-4028; for DACA application help, call (888) 670-6854. See the organization's website for the number of the EJC location nearest you.

South Central Pension Rights Project

The Texas Legal Services Center offers a free hotline for assistance with employer-sponsored retirement benefits. Their services are offered regarless of income status. The phone number to call is 1-800-443-2528.

Texas Association of Realtors Legal Hotline

The Texas Association of Realtors Legal Hotline is available for all Texas Realtors. Have your TREC license number ready when you call and be prepared to wait for a return call once your licence is varified. The phone number to call is (800) 873-9155.

Texas Foster Youth Justice Project

The Texas Foster Youth Justice Project helps current and former foster youth by providing free legal advice, assistance, guidance, and representation in enforcing foster youth rights. They also assist with legal barriers to a successful transition out of foster care. Additionally, they assist those who work with foster youth including caseworkers, attorneys ad litem, and foster parents. Their hotline is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The number to call is 1-877-313-3688. They are also available via e-mail at info@texasfosteryouth.org.

Texas Health Law Program

The Texas Legal Services Center offers a free legal hotline to assist Texans with modest incomes who have questions or issues related to health care. The phone number to call is (866) 979-4343.

Texas Immigrant Rights Hotline

The Texas Immigrant Rights Hotline was launched in February of 2017 and is staffed by volunteer attorneys who respond to calls requesting immigration legal services. Depending on the legal issues the caller has, they may also refer callers to other sources of legal aid. This hotline is a collaborative effort by the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, the ACLU of Texas, the Tahirih Justice Center, Houston Volunteer Lawyers, and the Vinson & Elkins law firm. The phone number to call is 1-888-507-2970 and the hotline is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We aim to keep this list current and accurate, so if you know of a free legal hotline that we don't list on this page, please e-mail us or give us a call at (512) 463-1722.

page last updated: 18 Jul 2017 12:31 PM