Austin Bar Association
816 Congress Avenue, Suite 700
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 473-2720
info@austinbar.org
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Advancing the administration of justice, enhancing the delivery of and access to quality legal services, and actively participating in the success of the Austin community at large.

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Austin Bar Veterans Assistance Programs

The Austin Bar Association organizes a free legal advice clinic on the second Monday of each month. No appointment or reservations are needed. Attorney volunteers are able to provide brief legal advice.

Monthly legal advice clinics are held at the Austin VA outpatient Clinic located at 7901 Metropolis Drive, Austin TX 78744. Sign in is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  For information on the next available clinic, click here, or call 512.472.0279.

In addition, the Austin Bar may be able to provide additional legal assistance to veterans who qualify.  Every veteran who attends the Free Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans must complete an intake application in order to verify qualification. Veterans can also complete an intake application via phone on Thursday and Friday afternoons.  Call 512.472.0279 on those days to see if you qualify.

Legal advice is provided in the following areas: divorce, child support, custody, consumer, contracts, criminal, wills, estate planning, guardianship, probate, housing, landlord/tenant, and bankruptcy.

If you are a veteran seeking assistance for legal matters unrelated to military issues (divorce, business start-up, drafting a will or an estate plan, criminal matters, etc.), call the Lawyer Referral Service to find out if you qualify for a 20% discount on legal work. To find a lawyer in the Austin area, call 512.472.8303, or 866.303.8303.

Texas Veterans Commission

Do you have a question about your benefits or discharge? Contact Benefits Counselor Julie Puzan at 512.389.1010 x59012 for more information.

Texas Legal Services Hotline for Veterans

Low income veterans and their families may be eligible to receive referrals to and/or legal advice from a licensed attorney.
800.622.2520

Veterans Court

For criminal cases only. Contact Jolene Grajczyk (Travis County) at 512.854.3856.

PTSD and Legal System Guide

This guide provides information to help manage post-traumatic stress disorder, identifies possible triggers within the legal process, offers coping strategies, and has a resource list for treatment. The services are provided by The Texas Civil Rights Project’s “Justice for Veterans Campaign” with funding from the Texas Bar Foundation.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

This agency has a local veterans program where they provide advice and services to veterans who are on a certain income level.

Texas Legal Services Center

This is a state veterans program. For more information, call 512.374.2753.

Volunteer Legal Services / Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Legal advice is available by calling 512.374.2700.

Financial Aid Guide for Military Service Members

This guide from AffordableColleges.com provides information on financial aid opportunities for veterans and active duty military students and their families.  The guide covers three of the most critical issues for students:

  • A handpicked list of 70+ scholarships for veterans and active duty service members;
  • How to fill out FAFSA as a veteran and maximize your federal financial aid package; and
  • A breakdown of the most common benefits available to veterans.

 

 

 

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