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NOTE: These resources offer introductory information about legal topics, but cannot substitute for the advice of a lawyer. If you do not have a lawyer, please contact our Lawyer Information Referral Service at 800-252-9690. We make every effort to ensure information in these pamphlets is correct and consistent with the latest state law. If you believe something is incorrect or outdated, please contact Lowell Brown at

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These pamphlets are provided as a public service by the State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association. The public is free to download, duplicate, and distribute these pamphlets for noncommercial purposes, as long as the content is not altered and credit is given to the State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association. The information contained in these pamphlets is not legal advice. Please consult an attorney for answers to specific legal questions.

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An Introduction to Mechanics Liens

Explains the most important and basic aspects of Texas lien law as set forth in Chapter 53 of the Texas Property Code and Article XVI, Section 37 of the Texas Constitution. (Last revised 2010)

Introduction to Mechanical Liens
Answering the Call: Responding to a Texas Civil Subpoena

A general guide to responding to a civil subpoena in state and federal court. (Last revised 2012)

Responding to a Texas Civil Subpoena
Answering the Call: Responding to a Texas Criminal Subpoena

A general guide to responding to a criminal subpoena in state and federal court. (Last revised 2012)

Answering the Call: Responding to a Texas Criminal Subpoena
Attorney Complaint Information

Answers to common questions about the State Bar of Texas grievance process.

Attorney Complaint Information
Attorney Client Relationship

A client’s relationship with a lawyer is unique. Lawyers and clients must be able to communicate freely for clients to receive the help they need, and the attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine make this possible. The attorney-client privilege protects confidential information learned by an attorney during client representation. The work-product doctrine protects the thoughts and materials prepared, and communications made, when lawyers and clients think litigation is possible. This pamphlet explains the basics of both protections, and seeks to teach clients how to avoid common pitfalls. (Last revised 2013)

Client Relationship

The goal of this pamphlet is to arm you with some basic tools for identifying, verifying, and then addressing substance abuse problems in children. (Last revised 2014)

Client Relationship
Becoming a Lawyer

Provides helpful resources for a career in the legal profession. (Last revised 2008) 

a Lawyer
Breathe Free: A Guide to Immigration

Immigration law, which sets forth the rules on when and how a non-U.S. citizen may enter the country, is an integral part of our society. This guide is intended to give you a broad understanding of the process. (Last revised 2014)

Breathe Free 
A Guide to Immigration
CAAP: Client-Attorney Assistance Program

The Client Attorney Assistance Program (CAAP) is a confidential statewide dispute resolution service of the State Bar of Texas. CAAP’s objective is to facilitate communication and foster productive dialogue between Texas lawyers and their clients in an effort to assist them in resolving minor concerns, disagreements, or misunderstandings that are impacting the attorney-client relationship. CAAP helps thousands of people every year resolve problems with their lawyers, and offers services in Spanish, Thai, and Laotian. (Last revised 2007)

Client Security Fund

The Client Security Fund provides relief to clients whose lawyers have failed to meet their obligations to pay restitution or, in case of disbarment, resignation, or death of the lawyer, clients who can demonstrate post-judgment that their lawyers stole money from them or failed to refund an unearned fee. (Last revised 2013)


Security Fund
Committed to Healing: Involuntary Commitment Procedures

Provides an introduction to involuntary commitment proceedings in Texas courts, including possible signals of mental health issues, a discussion of involuntary commitment procedures, and a comparison of involuntary commitment and guardianship. (Last revised 2008)

Committed to Healing: Involuntary Commitment Procedures
Consumer Bankruptcy

A layperson’s guide to bankruptcy and the steps leading up to it. The pamphlet includes descriptions of secured debt, unsecured debt, foreclosure, repossession of vehicles, understanding credit scores, and working with creditors. It provides an initiation to the types of Consumer Bankruptcy—Chapter 7 and 13, lists options for small businesses that are headed toward insolvency, and contains helpful information on locating an attorney, life after bankruptcy, and other third-party resources. (Last revised 2008)

Consumer Bankruptcy
The Constitution at School

A guide for public high school principals on the constitutional rights of students on campus. (Last revised 2009)

The Constitution at School
Criminal Law: 101

Provides an overview of the criminal justice process following the arrest through appeal as well as general information on the rights of victims and the accused. (Last revised 2013)

Law 101
Dealing with Dementia

Provides information on Alzheimer’s disease and a general discussion of dementia. (Last revised 2010)

Dealing With Dementia
Dispute Resolution Texas Style

Designed to promote use of alternative dispute resolution procedures. It outlines the essential elements of the ADR philosophy and addresses common concerns and question about the procedure. (Last revised 2010)


Resolution Texas Style
Educating Educators

A resource guide designed to instruct teachers and administrators on their rights, responsibilities and legal obligations. (Last revised 2014)

in Texas
Expunctions in Texas

Provides an overview of the expunction and non-disclosure processes in Texas. (Last revised 2010)

in Texas
Facing Foreclosure

An introduction to the residential foreclosure process, this publication includes a list of resources for homeowners to consult for additional assistance. (Last revised 2010)

Financial Resources Guide for a Public Interest Legal Career

Provides a summary of strategies and resources that law students may find useful when determining whether to pursue a career in government or public interest law. (Last revised 2013)

Financial Resources Guide for a Public Interest Legal 
Guide to Traffic Court

Explains the process of handling traffic citations in municipal court. The pamphlet discusses defendants’ rights, appearance in court, what to expect when going to court, trial procedure, pleas, defensive driving as an alternative, deferred adjudication, fines, and what happens if the court’s orders are not obeyed. A Q&A section includes answers to common questions. (Last revised 2013)


to Traffic Court
How to Select a Lawyer

Designed to provide tips on hiring a lawyer and how to prepare for a consultation. (Last revised 2012)

How to 
Select a Lawyer
How to Sue in Justice Court

Provides an overview of the general process used to file, obtain judgment, and collect in justice court. (Last revised 2013)

How to Sue in Justice Court


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