Frequently Asked Questions
We've answered some common questions asked by people across Texas. We
hope you find them useful.
I need a lawyer. Can you help me
decide what kind of lawyer I need?
Yes, we can refer you to a lawyer who best matches your legal problem.
You can also search for a lawyer yourself in our Find a Lawyer online
You Need a Lawyer? Visit this section to get details and contact
information. Then give our LRIS staff a call and we'll help you find the
lawyer or agency you need.
un Abogado? Para obtener informacion en como le podemos ayudar a
encontrar un abogado. Mas â?? obtener informacion si usted tiene
preguntas acerca de los cargos a su cuenta o si usted necesita
presentar una queja en contra de su abogado.
un Abogado: Busque en linea el directorio gratuito de abogados por
ubicacion y area de practica.
How can I find an
inexpensive lawyer, or lawyer who will work for free?
We do not keep a list of lawyers who are inexpensive, or who work for
free (i.e., pro bono).
What we can do is refer you -- no charge for the referral -- to a
lawyer or agency through our certified Lawyer Referral Information
Service (LRIS) to help with your legal problem. Our network of LRIS
lawyers do not work for free. You negotiate with your lawyer about
payment during your first meeting.
If you cannot afford a lawyer you might be eligible for free civil
legal assistance through your local legal aid office. Click the link
below for more information:
TexasLawHelp.org [Website] this free website
includes legal forms and information intended for people who cannot
afford civil legal services.
How can I
find out if a lawyer has ever been disciplined by the State Bar for
- The Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel maintains the records on
Texas lawyers’ public discipline history.
information is available about a lawyer’s disciplinary
How do I file a
grievance against my lawyer?
- A lawyer’s public discipline history is available in the
Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel. A copy of a public disciplinary
judgment can be obtained for a fee.
- The existence of a pending grievance or disciplinary proceeding
against a lawyer is confidential, in accordance with Rule 2.16 of the
Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure.
- The existence of a dismissed grievance or disciplinary proceeding
that resulted in a dismissal is confidential, in accordance with Rule
6.08 of the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure.
- If you believe your lawyer has engaged in unethical conduct, you
may report the conduct to the State Bar of Texas, Office of the Chief
a Grievance: Visit this section to get the details on how the
grievance process works and how to file a grievance against a lawyer.
- What do I do if my lawyer dies, disappears,
becomes disabled, or is suspended or disbarred or if I want to report a
lawyer’s death or disability?
- Here is a checklist of the steps you should take.
What do I do if my lawyer is not
returning my calls?
- If you have trouble communicating with your lawyer, the
Client-Attorney Assistance Program (CAAP) can provide assistance.
Please call (800)9321900
How do I find a lawyer
who is licensed both in Texas and another state?
The State Bar of Texas does not have a list of
lawyers who are licensed in other states. We suggest that you contact
the bar association in that state.
American Bar Association (ABA) [Website]
Visit the ABA website for a list of bar associations in each
Where do I find information
on tenant's rights, family law, or how to draft a living
We have a library of consumer legal information for the public on this
website, and it's all free.
Legal System: If you've been arrested, or summoned for jury duty,
or you want to be a lawyer? Get info on these topics and more.
& Tenant Rights: Download a brochures on consumer information
and your rights as a renter. Stay in control when you stay informed.
Law: Find legal guides regarding child abuse, a divorce handbook,
what to expect in court, and more family issue information.
Law: Do you need a will? Living trust scams and more senior consumer
our educational pamphlets on the constitutional rights of students,
parents, and principals.
a Free Video: You may watch videos online or borrow videos and no
charge for up to two weeks from our extensive library of educational
en Espanol: Baje nuestros folletos educativos, los cuales ofrecen
una variedad de asuntos legales que hemos traducido para usted en
Page: The items here originally appeared in the "Client Page"
column in the Texas Bar Journal. The Client Page offers useful
legal information for consumers.
Do you have the number for
my local legal aid office?
Please call our main telephone number here at the State Bar of Texas.
We will provide you with the number of the legal aid office in your
Toll free: (800) 204-2222
Direct: (512) 427-1463
How do I file a
complaint against my landlord?
We have a free library of information geared toward the public on
& Tenant Rights: Visit this section for a free download of the
Tenants' Rights Handbook. It is full of useful and valuable
information, including the details to your question on filing a