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Legal Hotline for Texans/Veterans Hotline: (800) 622-2520; fax (512) 477-6576; website: www.tlsc.org/programs/vlap.asp
Civil Legal Aid Services Agencies
The State Bar does not provide direct legal services, represent individuals in legal matters, maintain a list of pro bono attorneys, or match individuals with pro bono attorneys. Please understand that funding for legal services is extremely limited, and, as a result, programs must turn away many with serious legal needs. At most, the State Bar can offer you referrals to low-cost civil legal services agencies in your area.
For a listing of legal service providers by county, see the Referral Directory for Low-Income Texans [PDF].
Lawyer Referral Information Service
If you do not qualify for legal aid, contact the Lawyer Referral Information Service at (800) 252-9690. Through the Lawyer Referral Information Service, a person may have a thirty-minute consultation with an attorney for $20. At the end of the consultation, the attorney and individual may discuss possible representation and price structure. Please understand that the Lawyer Referral Information Service is not a pro bono or reduced-fee program.
The People's Lawyer — Provides resources on a number of civil legal topics.
HEROES for Children in Military
Families — From the Office of the Texas Attorney General,
this program offers service members, veterans, and their families
enhanced, personalized assistance in addressing paternity
establishment, child support, and parenting time (custody/visitation)
Stateside Legal — This website is designed to help military service members, veterans, and their families gain access to their benefits, find free legal help, and better understand their legal issues.
ABAHomeFront.org — A state-by-state listing of programs and offices providing services that may be used by military families in need of legal help.
National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, Inc. — Find attorneys in your area who practice veterans law.
If you need legal advice for basic civil legal services, check for a veterans legal clinic in your area. Civil practice areas covered in veterans legal clinics include but are not necessarily limited to Bankruptcy, Child Support, Consumer/Contracts, Divorce or Custody/Guardianship/Probate, Landlord/Tenant, Wills/Estate Planning, Employment, Housing, and Tax.
Please note that most legal clinics require an appointment to attend. Contact the individual clinics for more information or to sign up.
Pro bono clinics for veterans are available in all metropolitan areas of the state, including Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, as well as in smaller communities, such as Bastrop, Beaumont, Denton, Galveston, and Midland-Odessa.
TLTV Legal Clinics: Calendar
Note: Income guidelines may apply for free legal representation. Income guidelines generally use a percentage of the federal poverty income amount. Please contact each veterans legal clinic for its policy.
To assist with claims for Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) benefits before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals or VA Regional Offices, attorneys must be accredited by the VA. Want to find an accredited attorney?
Veterans Crisis Line: