Texas

Free Interactive Protective Order Kit is Available Now

Authored By: Texas Legal Services Center

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Popular civil legal website TexasLawHelp.org announced the availability of a free, interactive kit that allows victims of domestic violence to easily generate the legal paperwork necessary to apply for a Protective Order. (You can start the process immediately by clicking here and following the detailed instructions. A non-interactive, PDF version of the kit can be found here.)

Every year, thousands of Texans are unable to afford an attorney for common civil legal issues. Document assembly initiatives such as TexasLawHelp.org's Protective Order kit allow those who are unable to afford an attorney to prepare their own legal forms.

The Protective Order kit was created using A2J Author, a user-friendly program that takes an individual through a virtual interview that asks the user questions about their legal situation, then generates completed court forms based upon the responses given in the program.

The Protective Order kit includes step-by-step instructions on how to complete and then file the forms. The Protective Order forms are acceptable in all counties of Texas and an applicant (victim) is not assessed any fees when filing the paperwork with the district or county clerk.

Also available on TexasLawHelp.org are interactive forms that allow individuals to create an uncontested divorce petition and divorce decree, with more interactive forms to become available soon. The forms may be accessed through the do-it-yourself page on www.TexasLawHelp.org or through www.FreeTexasForms.org.

TexasLawHelp.org is the only free, comprehensive online resource for low-income Texas residents looking for civil legal information and assistance. Unlike the criminal justice system, low-income individuals with civil legal problems are not automatically afforded legal counsel.

TexasLawHelp.org was designed specifically to help people in this situation by making reliable information about common civil legal matters readily available through the Internet. Topics include family law, public benefits, consumer issues, wills and testaments, and healthcare.

More than a quarter million Texans visited TexasLawHelp.org this year to find legal resources, do-it-yourself civil legal forms, and information on where to file court documents. A new "live chat" feature lets visitors correspond with an attorney in real time, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.