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This article can tell you what a pro bono lawyer is, where to find one, and how to best work with a pro bono lawyer. This article was written by the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program and TexasLawHelp Staff. 
This article tells you how to replace important documents, including: birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, vehicle titles, manufactured home statements of ownership and location, driver's licenses, passports, green cards, social security cards, Texas benefits (Medicaid) cards,...
This article tells you about civil subpoenas, including what they are and what to do if you need to respond to one. This article was written for lawyers, but is reproduced here to provide as much information as possible to help you. If you recieved a subpoena it is a good idea to contact an attorney for help. 
This article discusses serving incarcerated persons in Texas with citation and documents in a family law case.  
This article tells you about service by posting. To print out both the instructions and forms, click here. 
This article tells you how to serve the other parent by publication. For the instructions and forms combined for publication in a divorce with children, click here. 
Being careful online is always important. It can be especially important if you are in an immigration proceeding.
This article contains a link to a tool designed to allow you to input the details of your visitation and custody order and generate a customized calendar of the visitation and custody dates to print out. This was created by Texas Legal Services Center.   
This article explains the use of standing orders in some Texas counties. A standing order is a court order that automatically takes effect (starts) when a case is filed.  
This article tells you about statutes of limitation in Texas. A statute of limitation is a deadline, according to the law, by which lawsuits must be filed. This article was written by Texas Legal Services Center. 
This handbook tells you about Harris County family courts and other family law issues.
This article tells you general information on what to do and not to do in a courtroom.
This article provides answers to common questions about moving (transferring) your civil case to a court in a different county. This article only applies to civil (not family law) cases that are in a district court or county court at law. This article was written by TexasLawHelp staff. 
This article explains the Federal Court Stystem versus the State Court System. It details the types of cases heard in each system and how judges are selected. This article was written for the U.S. Courts website, but is reproduced here. 
This article contains information, instructions, and a form for an unsworn declaration. It can replace the requirement for a notary in some cases. Forms are included.  
This article provides brief information on what court clerks and court personnel can and cannot do to help. This article was written by the Texas Office of Court Administration. 
This article can tell you what clerks can and cannot do to help you with your case. This article was written by the Texas Office of Court Administration. 
This article was prepared by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and contains material from other resources as well. It contains a general overview of bankruptcy and is not a substitute for direct representation by an attorney.
This article tells you the steps to take if you do not hear from your attorney. Specifically on how to obtain your file, and hire new counsel. This article was written by the State Bar of Texas. 
This article explains what to expect if you are ordered to appear in a IV-D Court (also known as child support court). This article should not be considered legal advice, and doesn’t replace legal advice. It won’t explain every legal action that can happen in IV-D Court—just the most common ones.