Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (trla.org) – Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. provides free legal advice to approximately 23,000 low-income Texans in 68 southwestern counties, including the entire Texas-Mexico border. TRLA`s lawyers specialize in more than 45 areas of activity, including disaster relief, family, employment, foreclosure, bankruptcy, subsidized housing, education, immigration, agricultural workers, civil rights and environmental law. We`re here to see how we can help you navigate through legal issues. LiveChat connects you in real time with a lawyer, paralegal or law student. They can help you better understand the legal information on the website and, in some cases, provide legal advice. On texas.freelegalanswers.org, low- and modest-income Texans can work for free with a pro bono lawyer. Ask a question on the website and a lawyer will answer you via email – it`s as simple as that! The Texas Legal Services Center has created a webpage with COVID-19 resources on the site – texaslawhelp.org – including information about eviction and tenant rights, forced quarantines, unemployment benefits and others. The site also has a LiveChat feature to help low-income people with their legal questions. Texas Access to Justice Commission (texasatj.org) – The Texas Access to Justice Commission was established by the Texas Supreme Court in 2001 to develop and implement policy initiatives to improve access to and quality of civil law justice for low-income Texans. The Commission has launched several initiatives to increase resources and awareness of legal aid.

For a Texas directory of legal aid providers listed by county, see texasbar.com/referraldirectory. Texas Access to Justice Foundation (teajf.org) – Founded by the Texas Supreme Court in 1984, the Texas Access to Justice Foundation is the primary source of state funding for the provision of civil legal aid in Texas. The organization is committed to the vision that all Texans, regardless of income, will have equal access to justice. The foundation manages a variety of funding sources designed to help nonprofits provide legal assistance to more than 150,000 Texas families each year. Our mission is to ensure equal justice for all Texans by educating, empowering, and representing the vulnerable while reshaping the broader legal system that affects us all. Amy StarnesDirector of Public Information State Bar of TexasAmy.Starnes@texasbar.com(800) 204-2222, ext. 1706 or (512) 427-1706 Texas Legal Services Center (tlsc.org) – Texas Legal Services Center is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide free legal representation, advice, advocacy, and quality education to underserved people throughout the state. With more than a dozen practice areas, our work touches on almost every aspect of civil law that affects low-income Texans.

Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (vlsoct.org) – VLS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides access to the civil justice system to low-income community members by providing volunteer attorneys who provide free legal advice and representation, and by supporting and training such attorneys in Travis Counties, Hays and Bastrop. Texas State Bar (texasbar.com) – The Texas State Bar is an administrative agency of the Texas Supreme Court that provides educational programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum legal education program for lawyers, and administers the disciplinary system for attorneys. Individuals eligible for assistance are paired with Texas attorneys who can provide free legal assistance. Appellants should be aware that there are certain limits to the legal services available. This service is a partnership between the Texas State Bar, state legal aid agencies, voluntary organizations, and access to justice organizations. Below is a complete list of partners. Houston Volunteer Lawyers (makejusticehappen.org) – Houston Volunteer Lawyers is a non-profit service of the Houston Bar Association. Houston Volunteer Lawyers` mission is to provide free civil services to low-income people in Harris County and to encourage volunteerism among lawyers.

Members of the PartnershipDallas Volunteer Attorney Program (dallasvolunteerattorneyprogram.org) – DVAP is a joint project of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. DVAP recruits, trains, and supports volunteer attorneys to provide free civil assistance to low-income individuals in Dallas County. Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (lanwt.org) – Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas is a nonprofit organization that strives to meet the legal needs of more than 1.5 million eligible customers in its 114-county service area. LANWT, the fifth largest legal aid program in the United States, offers a wide range of broad-based legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients, including family law, landlord and tenant cases, utilities, wills, foreclosure prevention, consumer issues, and municipal revitalization issues. AUSTIN – As the coronavirus pandemic shakes the lives of Texans and creates uncertainty about their health care and economic future, state legal services and access to justice providers are teaming up to help in this time of crisis. Barratry or inappropriate advertisingThe Texas State Bar reminds the public that in many cases in Texas, it is a crime for an attorney or a person representing an attorney to contact a person for legal representation if the person has not first requested the call or personal visit. Contact is not illegal if the lawyer does not require payment or already has a professional-private or family relationship with the person contacted. Free support for low-income individuals facing civil law issues as a result of the coronavirus pandemic Clarissa AyalaDirector of CommunicationsLone Star Legal Aid713-652-0077cayala@lonestarlegal.org Texas Advocacy Project (texasadvocacyproject.org) – The project provides free virtual legal services to victims of domestic and romantic violence, sexual assault and harassment. Support includes free advice and guidance, advice on DIY procedures for filing legal acts and full client representation. Disability Rights Texas (disabilityrightstx.org) – Disability Rights Texas (formerly Advocacy Inc.) is the legal protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities in Texas.

Its mission is to help people with disabilities understand and exercise their legal rights to ensure their full and equal participation in society. Lone Star Legal Aid (lonestarlegal.org) – Lone Star Legal Aid is the fourth largest provider of free legal aid services in the United States. LSLA serves 72 counties in Texas and four in Arkansas, from Texarkana across the Louisiana state border and the Texas Gulf Coast to Matagorda Bay, an area of more than 2 million Texans entitled to free legal advice. LSLA has 14 offices in East, Southeast and Northeast Texas; Includes consumers, housing, environmental justice, disaster control, tax breaks, family law, domestic violence, sexual assault, victims of crime rights, veterans` benefits, and more. A free legal helpline is available for low-income individuals and families across Texas facing civil law issues due to the pandemic. People can call 800-504-7030 toll-free to contact legal service providers in their area. All LiveChat services, including navigation aid, legal information, and legal advice, are completely free. Learn more about some of the most common workers` rights in Texas.

LiveChat opening hours Monday to Tuesday from 10:00 to 14:00 If TexasLawHelp.org LiveChat is available, you will see an icon at the bottom right of the screen. ** This is a copy of a joint press release issued on April 1, 2020 by the Texas State Bar and partner companies on the Texas State Bar blog (contacts can be found below)** If you observe anything that you believe to be inappropriate solicitation or barratry, please obtain the person`s name and phone number, who contacts and reports them to your local law enforcement agency or the head of the Texas State Bar. Office of the Disciplinary Prosecutor toll-free at 866-224-5999. We help income-eligible Texans access health care, security, stability, housing, government benefits and employment. All TLSC services are free of charge. TRLA serves the people of Texas to ensure that a fair chance at justice for those who need it most is never unattainable. Shelby JeanDirector of CommunicationsWest Texas Legal Aid817-339-5384 or 806-281-8235jeans@lanwt.org As thousands of migrants continue to be arrested and detained along the border. TRLA continues to fight for justice. Shelby AlexanderDirector of Communications for the InternetTexas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.512-374-2717salexander@trla.org note: LiveChat will be closed on January 17, 2022 due to the observance of the federal holiday.