Texas

What is TexasLawHelp.org?

TexasLawHelp.org is a website where low-income Texans can find information about their civil legal issues and find out about free legal assistance in their area.

 

Zip Code and County

To find organizations that may be able to assist with a civil legal issue, click on the button at the top of the page that says Find Legal Help.  From the drop down menu, you may choose Search Legal Directory.  Enter the city, zip code, or county of the person who needs help.  It is better to enter the zip code because many legal aid organizations do not serve all parts of a certain county.  Then choose your legal issue from the drop down menu.

Note: If you search by county, check the full description of each organization for the specific zip codes it serves.

 

Types of Help

An organization can provide help in several different ways:

  • Full Representation - by a lawyer or a legal advocate in court or at a hearing at a government agency
  • Brief Advice - in person or over the telephone
  • Legal Clinic - briefly speak with an attorney about your legal problem in person
  • Pro Se Clinics - learn how you can "help yourself" with a particular legal problem
  • Self-Help Materials - educational materials such as fact sheets and brochures
  • Other - workshops, referrals to private attorneys, and other services

Note: Not all organizations provide all the services listed above.

 

LiveHelp

If you cannot find the legal information that you need on TexasLawHelp.org, try our LiveHelp feature to talk to a TexasLawHelp.org website specialist.  LiveHelp is an instant online chat service.  Fill out the brief questionnaire and then type in your question.  It will be sent immediately to a TexasLawHelp.org website specialist.  Our website specialists will respond to you with the best available information in a timely manner.  The LiveHelp service is available Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm Central Standard Time.  To access the service, click here.

 

Income Guidelines

Most organizations listed on this website have income guidelines regarding the people or families they may serve.  Income guidelines use a percentage of the federal poverty income amount to determine whom legal aid organizations may serve.  Please note, in the charts below, "Household Size" is the total number of people in the household.

Organizations that provide legal assistance to crime victims can provide services to persons who have income up to 187.5% of the federal poverty level.  The chart below shows you how much you have to earn (depending on your Household Size) to be at 187.5% of what the Federal government considers to be the poverty level.

 

TexasLawHelp.org does not guarantee you will receive assistance from an organization even if you meet its income guidelines.

 

2014 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia

Persons in Family/Household

Poverty Guideline

1

$11,670

2

$15,730

3

$19,790

4

$23,850

5

$27,910

6

$31,970

7

$36,030

8

$40,090

For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,060 for each additional person.

 

 

Can I get help if my income is higher than the guidelines?

Some organizations may make exceptions for seniors, people who are HIV positive, or people experiencing domestic violence.

Some organizations also take into account expenses such as childcare, medical bills and debts. 

 

Special Groups

Some organizations only serve special groups such as:

  • Children
  • Seniors
  • People who are HIV positive or related to those with HIV
  • People experiencing domestic violence

Be sure to look at the other requirements carefully before contacting an organization.