Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs or an Appeal Bond
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What if I can’t afford to pay the court fees?
If you don’t have enough money to pay the court fees, you can ask a judge to waive the fees.
Your fees should be waived if you can prove that any of the following are true:
- You get government benefits because you are poor (for example, food stamps, TANF, Medicaid, SSI or public housing).
- You are represented by a free lawyer through a legal aid provider.
- You applied for a lawyer through a legal aid provider, the legal aid provider found you did not have enough money to pay for your court costs, but the legal aid provider could not take your case.
- You do not have enough money to pay for your household’s basic needs and the court fees.
Read the law here: Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 145.