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Where to Find Help

UPDATED September 13, 2016

Legal Assistance

Texas

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Included in this list are organizations that provide free or low-cost legal services to victims of abuse and others who qualify.  Even if the organization does not have a lawyer available to represent you in court, you may want to ask if there is a lawyer who you can consult with to get advice.  Please note that we list the organizations by the town/city or county where the office is located – however, many offices may likely serve multiple counties.  We indicate the “counties served” whenever possible.  You can click the blue “View All” button to look through the complete list of organizations.

 

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Harlingen

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (Harligen office)
308 East Harrison Avenue
Harlingen, TX 78550
Phone: (800) 369-2651
Phone: (956) 364-3800
Fax: (956) 423-2674
Web: http://www.trla.org
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) provides free legal services to low-income residents in sixty-eight counties of Southwest Texas. The Harlingen office serves Cameron and Willacy counties. The majority of TRLA clients are low-income women and children who are victims of domestic violence and who need assistance in escaping violence and remaining violence-free. To qualify for free legal services from TRLA, an applicant must meet the income, asset, and immigration requirements established by the United States Congress, the Texas Legislature, and other funding sources. TRLA will always attempt to find a funding source that will permit representation for persons who are unable to afford the services of a private attorney. They provide services in English and Spanish.

Houston

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse
1001 Texas Avenue, Suite 600
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 224-9911
Fax: (713) 429-4363
Web: http://www.avda-tx.org
Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) provides services to victims of domestic and sexual abuse, regardless of income level. Services include legal representation for protective orders, divorce, child support, and child custody, crisis intervention, advocacy and support, financial assistance for emergency shelter, food, transportation and more, individual and group counseling for survivors and their children, as well as funds for education and training. AVDA serves Harris County.

Houston Bar Association LegalLine
Houston, TX 7002
Phone: (713) 759-1133
Fax: (713)759-1710
Web: https://www.hba.org/legalline/
The Houston Bar Association LegalLine is a free telephone hotline for residents of Harris County who have legal questions. LegalLine takes place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month, between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Houston Refugee Pro Bono Project
6300 West Park Drive, Suite 300
Houston, TX 77057
Phone: (713) 339-9015
Intakes are on Wednesdays between 9am and 12pm. No appointment is necessary. Consultations are $40 unless you are a victim of domestic violence or seeking asylum.

Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program
1111 Bagby, Suite FLB300
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 228-0732 (Intake)
Phone: (713) 228-0735 (Office)
Fax: (713) 228-5826
Web: http://www.makejusticehappen.org/
Email: info@hvlp.org
They provide free legal aid to low-income residents of Harris County by connecting them with volunteer lawyers. They assist with cases regarding family law, guardianship, estate planning, probate, tax disputes with the IRS, landlord/tenant disputes, homeownership and consumer/bankruptcy.

Legal Advocacy and Outreach
405 Main Street, Suite 911
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 224-9911
Provides free legal services. Call to make an appointment with an advocate for a legal intake.

Lone Star Legal Aid
1415 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 652-0077
Phone: (800) 733-8394
Fax: (713) 652-3814
Web: http://www.lonestarlegal.org
Lone Star Legal Aid provides legal services, including representation, to low income residents of 72 counties in Texas from 12 offices. The Houston office serves Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, and Walker counties. They provide services for a variety of legal issues including issues regarding domestic violence and family law. Lone Star Legal Aid will provide assistance to those with limited English skills.

Lone Star Legal Aid (Houston Branch Office)
1415 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (800) 733-8394
Phone: (713) 652-0077
Fax: (713) 652-3814
Web: http://lonestarlegal.org/
Lone Star Legal Aid provides legal services, including representation, to low income residents of 72 counties in Texas from 12 offices. The Houston office serves Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker counties. They provide services for a variety of legal issues including issues regarding domestic violence and family law. Lone Star Legal Aid will provide assistance to those with limited English skills.

University of Houston Law Center
4604 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204
Phone: (713) 743-2094
Fax: (713) 743-2195
Web: http://www.law.uh.edu/clinic/contacts.asp
Email: lawclinic@uh.edu
Call ahead to find out if the clinic is taking cases.

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