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General Instructions: How To Use This Toolkit

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Step 1 - Consider

You can take the following steps to properly consider the toolkit's resources and your overall legal issue. 

  • Step A: Write Down Your Facts
    • If you haven't already done it, it is a good idea to write out exactly what you say happened in your situation.
      • Make sure to include dates and notes of any proof you may have.
  • Step B: Define Your Problem
    • Think about the problem you are facing, and try to answer the questions below:
      • What person and/or organization do you think is either at fault or is on the opposite side of your case?
      • What directly caused the situation you are dealing with?
      • If you were able to solve your issue, in the future, what would be your ideal outcome? What would you be willing to accept?
    • Try to exactly write out the exact problem you are trying to solve. This should be no more than a paragraph in length.
  • Step C: Keep In Mind
    • As you review the contents of the toolkit, make sure to keep your facts and your problem in mind. 
Step 2 - Review - FAQS, Articles, and Forms

A good place to start is to review the Frequently Asked Questions, Articles, and any forms that may be available. Please note, not every toolkit will have a form. 

  • Frequently Asked Questions are "bite-sized" answers to specific questions visitors to TexasLawHelp may have.
  • Articles are more comprehensive guides on a specific legal subject.
  • Forms are documents you may be able to use to go to court.
    • WARNING: The information and forms in this toolkit are not a substitute for the advice and help of a lawyer.  It’s a good idea to talk with a lawyer about your particular situation
Step 3 -The More You Know
  • Review the listed research tips. The research tips can provide good information to guide any future legal research you might do. 
  • Click Useful Links to review other resources the authors of the toolkit thought you might find useful.
  • Also, watch any available videos to get easy to understand information presented to you in a different format. 
Step 4 - The Next Steps

If you need other help, use the Find Legal Help Directory to look for a lawyer, free legal aid program or self-help center in your area.

WARNING: The information and forms in this toolkit are not a substitute for the advice and help of a lawyer.  It’s a good idea to talk with a lawyer about your particular situation