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This article contains basic information about getting a free criminal defense lawyer. This article was prepared by St. Mary's University School of Law, Center for Legal and Social Justice. 
If you need more time to get ready for a court hearing or trial, you may be able to get a continuance. A "continuance" changes the date of a court hearing or trial to a later date. This article tells you how to ask the judge for a continuance. FORMS ARE INCLUDED.
This article tells you how to ask for a language interpreter for your case. FORMS ARE INCLUDED in this article. 
This article tells you how to dismiss (cancel) your family law case. FORMS ARE INCLUDED.
This article tells you how to file an answer in a family law case (such as a divorce, custody, paternity or modification case). ANSWER FORMS ARE INCLUDED.
If nothing happens in your case for a while, it can be “dismissed for want of prosecution” (called a DWOP for short). This article tells you how to ask the judge to: (1) retain - keep your case open or (2) reinstate - reopen your case if it has already been dismissed. FORMS ARE INCLUDED.
This article tells you about issues you should be aware of when you consider hiring a lawyer. This article was written by the State Bar of Texas. 
This article tells you how to serve the initial court papers in a family law case (such as a divorce, custody, modification or paternity case).
This article tells you how to serve your spouse with the initial divorce papers.
This article tells you how to set a contested final hearing in a family law case. FORMS ARE INCLUDED.
This article about uncontested hearings was written by Texas Legal Services Center.  
The article tells you how to ask the judge to set aside (cancel) a default judgment made without you.
This article provides information on justice court basics. This is an overview of a brochure written by the Texas Young Lawyers Association.  
This article provides information on involuntary commitments. This article was provided by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association.
This article contains a link that can give you some background on the civil litigation system in Texas. This video was developed by the Texas Young Lawyers Association. 
This article contains information on useful legal aid, bar association and non-profit organization websites you can access for information and services to help on your issues. This article was put together by TexasLawHelp staff. 
This article tells you about how to do your own legal research. It was written by the Self-Represented Litigants Project at Texas Legal Services Center. 
This article tells you about a way to make hiring a private attorney more affordable. It is called limited scope representation. This article was written by the Legal Hotline for Texans at the Texas Legal Services Center. 
This article tells you about personal injury claims, also known as personal injury lawsuits. If you have been injured by a doctor not doing their job correctly or in a car accident this article may be able to help you. This article was written by the Self-Represented Litigants Project at the Texas Legal Services Center.