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TexasLawHelp. The Law, Made Clear.

TexasLawHelp.org is a website dedicated to providing free, reliable legal information to low-income Texans.  It is part of a broader effort within the national legal aid community to use technology, specifically the Internet, to enhance and expand the delivery of legal aid. In 2016 more than 1.5 Million users accessed TexasLawHelp.


TexasLawHelp is a joint effort of legal aid, courts, and non-profit organizations throughout Texas. It is completely free to use. You will never be charged for using any resources on this website. 

 

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A Brief History...

TexasLawHelp has been online since 2002. It is the statewide legal aid website for Texas.

It was started thanks to funds from a lawsuit brought by legal aid organizations in Texas, and funding from other sources such as the Legal Services Corporation. Since then, the website has been primarily supported by funds from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.

All grantees of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation provide support to the website by drafting legal information, forms, or providing another form of support.  Please click below to Learn More about Our Partners.

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TexasLawHelp - Version 2.0

Thanks to a generous grant from the Texas Bar Foundation and more funding from Texas Access to Justice Commission and the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, the website has recently undergone a substantial redesign to ensure it is able to better serve Texans throughout the state.

The inspiration for the website design can be found in several websites, but in particular MichiganLegalHelp.org. The webesite design firm responsible for the programming and design of the website is LevelTen Interactive . Testing for the website was done on real potential users by Normal Modes and the Texas Tech Usability Research Lab.

 

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Texas Legal Services Center

The Texas Legal Services Center ("TLSC") administers the day to day functions of the website. The Texas Legal Services Center is a non-profit law office which provides training to poverty law advocates. TLSC also sponsors projects that help individuals in Texas and, in some cases, nationwide.

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Travis County Law Library

Since 1983, the Travis County Law Library has helped thousands of Travis County residents find legal information. The Law Library's Self-Help Center provides extended help to residents through their reference attorneys. The library is the primary source of the printout forms available on TexasLawHelp. 

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TexasLawHelp Advisory Committee

Formed in 2014, the TexasLawHelp Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from legal aid organizations, the Texas Office of Court Administration, Law Libraries, domestic violence shelters, and more. The Advisory Committee provides guidance for the strategic direction of TexasLawHelp.

 

 

Meet Our Funders

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Texas Access to Justice Foundation

The Texas Access to Justice Foundation is the leading source of funding for legal aid in Texas. The Foundation was created by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1984. The Foundation committed to the vision that all Texans, regardless of income, will have equal access to the civil justice system. They provide the majority of funding for the day to day staff to administer TexasLawHelp.org.

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Texas Access to Justice Commission

The Texas Access to Justice Commission is charged with developing and implementing initiatives designed to expand access to, and enhance the quality of, justice in civil legal matters for low-income Texans.  It was created in 2001 by the Supreme Court of Texas, In addition to other support, the Commission provided much-needed funds to allow for the TexasLawHelp.org website to be redesigned.

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Texas Bar
Foundation

The Texas Bar Foundation is the largest charitably-funded bar foundation in the nation. The Foundation has helped organizations educate the public about their rights and responsibilities under the law, provide legal services to the poor, and assist those who turn to the legal system for protection. The Foundation provided a substantial grant to provide for the redesign of the TexasLawHelp.org website. 

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Corporate Counsel Section

Since 1997, the Corporate Counsel section has awarded over $400,000 to pro-bono legal service providers. They provided  initial funding to start our TexasLawHelp Volunteer Program that helps us staff our Live Chat service.

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Legal Services Corporation 

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for legal aid to low-income Americans. From time to time, through special projects, LSC provides funding to projects that enrich the content on TexasLawHelp.org

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Donors
Like You.

Donors like you are a large part of making what we do possible. Every bit of funding goes back into making sure we can provide the best possible help to low-income Texans. Consider donating today. Thank you!

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