Can’t Afford a Lawyer?


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

If you do not qualify for legal aid, contact the Lawyer Referral Information Service at 1-800-252-9690. 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

Other Helpful Resources

  •, a website for low-income Texans with free information and family law, protective order, and other self-help legal forms

  • The State Bar of Texas and the Texas Legal Services Center partner to provide, a free online legal advice website where volunteer attorneys provide answers to low-income Texans who have posted questions about their civil legal issues.  

  • Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, a new State Bar of Texas project helping low-income military veterans with legal issues.

  • Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, which serves the Dallas/ Ft. Worth area and NorthWest Texas.

  • Lone Star Legal Aid, which serves the Houston area and East Texas.

  • Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, which serves the Austin/ San Antonio area, El Paso area, and South Texas.

  • Texas Legal, a statewide, nonprofit legal benefit plan founded by the State Bar of Texas and the Texas State Legislature as an effort to better meet the legal needs of Texans.

  •, or, is a website that can help Texans find legal information and forms.

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