Legal Resources for the Community

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General Law | Domestic Violence | Low Income | Disability | Veterans | Elder Law
Filing a Grievance
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General Law

Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas
512-472-8303 or toll free 866-303-8303 Confused about how to find a lawyer? LRS is a nonprofit public service providing information about consumer service organizations and government agencies that may assist, as well as direct referrals to lawyers who have been screened and qualified. LRS provides an initial 30 minute consultation with a lawyer for only $20.

LegalLine - Free Legal Advice Hotline
Call 512-472-8303 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month for LegalLine, the free legal advice hotline that answers legal questions over the telephone. Sponsored by the Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas, LegalLine is staffed by attorney volunteers who answer legal questions and give brief legal advice.

People's Law School
A community service organized by the Austin Bar Association, the Lawyer Referral Service and volunteer attorneys. The People's Law School features basic classes in many types of law taught by attorney instructors. The events are held in February and September.

Dispute Resolution Center
512-371-0033 (Austin) Provides mediation and arbitration services.

State Bar of Texas
800-204-2222 or 512-427-1463 (Austin) for information on attorneys statewide, consumer information publications, and complaints about an attorney.

Jury Duty
Find information about serving on a Travis County jury.

Travis County Department Directory

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Domestic Violence

SafePlace
SafePlace 24-hour Hotline for domestic violence or sexual assault survivors 512-267-SAFE (7233) or TTY(889)-927-9616. SafePlace provides counseling, shelter, hospital advocacy, and legal advocacy for women, children, teen, and male survivors of sexual or domestic violence. Assist with obtaining protective orders and other legal assistance. Call the hotline to access services or learn about SafePlace programs.

Texas Advocacy Project
Texas Advocacy Project is a nonprofit organization working directly with victims, shelters, law enforcement agencies, and courts across Texas to deliver effective legal services to Texans in need. Texas Advocacy Project provides free legal services statewide to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

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Low Income

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid - Austin Office
Call 888-988-9996 or 512-374-2700 (Austin) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Monday through Friday for general civil legal services. Texas RioGrande Legal Aid is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil and criminal legal services to low income residents in 68 counties of Southwest Texas. To qualify for free legal services from TRLA, an applicant must meet the income, asset, and immigration requirements.

VLS Free Legal Clinics
512-476-5550 Austin Legal Clinic East Drop-in (no calls) Monday evenings 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Martin Junior High, 1601 Haskell (Corner of Comal and Haskell).  Austin Legal Clinic North Drop-in (no calls) Wednesday evenings 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Webb Middle School, 601 E. St. John's Ave., Austin.

Texas Law Help - www.texaslawhelp.org
This free online guide offers civil legal information to Texans who cannot afford legal help. Learn about your rights, available self-help resources, and organizations that provide free and low-cost legal aid.

Equal Justice Center - equaljusticecenter.org
The Equal Justice Centers' mission is to empower low-income workers, families, and communities to achieve fair treatment in the workplace and in the justice system - regardless of immigration status.

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Disability

Disability Rights Texas
800-315-3876 or 512-454-4816 (Austin) Disability-related issues, including access and discrimination.

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Veterans

Free Legal Advice Clinic 
Click here for event flier with full details.

The Austin Bar Association organizes a free legal advice clinic on the second Monday of each month.
The next clinic will be on:
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
(Please sign-in by 3:30 p.m. | sign-in starts at 1:30 p.m.)
Austin VA Outpatient Clinic  - 7901 Metropolis Drive or Veterans Way
Click here for Google Maps directions to the new VA Outpatient Clinic.

No appointment or reservations. Attorney volunteers will provide brief, legal advice.
Please note: Attorney volunteers will not be able to provide legal services such as wills or filing for divorce at the clinic. We will provide local legal resources if further legal assistance is needed.

To best assist you, please bring any paperwork that is relevant to your case. If you are seeking veterans benefits or a discharge upgrade, please bring a copy of your DD214 and any evidence related to your claim. Benefit counselors are available at the VA Commission office onsite.

For any general questions about the Legal Advice Clinic, please contact the Austin Bar Association at 512-472-0279.
Please note: Dates may be subject to change.

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
Call 800-622-2520. Low income Veterans and their families may be eligible to receive referrals to and/or legal advice from a licensed attorney.

Camp Mabry Law Dept.
For Wills and Power of Attorney (call for an appointment): 512-782-1169

Veteran's Court
For criminal cases only. Contact Jackson Glass (Travis County), at 512-854-3829.

Veterans Justice Outreach Program
For criminal cases only (this is not for legal representation). The Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist serves as the liaison between veterans and law enforcement agencies, jails, and courts. All persons who have served in the military and have an other than dishonorable discharge may be eligible for services which include:
- Education about the VA Health Care System
- Referrals and linkages to VA services including mental health and substance abuse, as well as referrals to community resources
- Assistance with communications with the justice system including law enforcement, attorneys, jails, courts, and parole/probation
Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist for VA Central Texas Karen  Janda, LCSW can be reached at 512-433-2017

Indigent Criminal
For a court appointed lawyer call 512-854-3629 - Kasey Hoke.

PTSD and the Legal System Guide
Click here for the "PTSD and the Legal System" guide provides information to help manage PTSD, identifies possible triggers within the legal process, offers coping strategies, and has a resource list for treatment. Provide by The Texas Civil Rights Project's "Justice for Veterans Campaign" with funding from the Texas Bar Foundation.

Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas
512-472-8303 or toll free 866-303-8303 Confused about how to find a lawyer? LRS is a nonprofit public service providing information about consumer service organizations and government agencies that may assist, as well as direct referrals to lawyers who have been screened and qualified. LRS provides an initial 30 minute consultation with a lawyer for only $20.

LegalLine - Free Legal Advice Hotline
Call 512-472-8303 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month for LegalLine, the free legal advice hotline that answers legal questions over the telephone. Sponsored by the Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas, LegalLine is staffed by attorney volunteers who answer legal questions and give brief legal advice.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid - Austin Office
Call 888-988-9996 or 512-374-2700 (Austin) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for general civil legal services. Texas RioGrande Legal Aid is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil and criminal legal services to low-income residents in sixty-eight counties of Southwest Texas. To qualify for free legal services from TRLA, an applicant must meet the income, asset, and immigration requirements.

 VLS Free Legal Clinics
Austin Legal Clinic East Drop-in (no calls) Monday evenings 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.,
Martin Junior High, 1601 Haskell (Corner of Comal and Haskell).
Austin Legal Clinic North Drop-in (no calls) Wednesday evenings 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.,
Webb Middle School, 601 E. St. John's Ave., Austin.
Call Texas RioGrande Legal Aid at 512-374-2700 if you have questions regarding these clinics.

Equal Justice Center - equaljusticecenter.org
The Equal Justice Centers' mission is to empower low-income workers, families, and communities to achieve fair treatment in the workplace and in the justice system - regardless of immigration status.

Stateside Legal Online- www.statesidelegal.org
This website is for members of the military, veterans, their families, and advocates aimed to assist with accessing benefits, finding free legal help, and to better understand legal issues. In addition, the website has received help from many volunteers, including private attorneys, members of the Judge Advocate General Corps, civilian Legal Assistance Attorneys, and veteran service officers.

Texas Law Help - www.texaslawhelp.org
This free online guide offers civil legal information to Texans who cannot afford legal help. Learn about your rights, available self-help resources, and organizations that provide free and low-cost legal aid.

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Elder Law

Capital Area Agency on Aging
888-622-9111 or 512-916-6062 (Austin) Provides persons over age 60 with abuse/neglect referral, legal awareness education, health care information, long-term care insurance information, public benefits counseling/information, and ombudsman services. Also provides assistance with filling out forms, individual advocacy, individualized advice, public interest advocacy, self-help materials, and referrals to other agencies.

Family Eldercare, Inc
512-450-0844 (Austin) Guardianships and money management assistance for incapacitated elderly or disabled persons, due to neglect, abuse, or exploitation.

The Legal Hotline for Older Texans
Call 800-622-2520 or 512-477-3950 The Hotline offers legal advice and referrals to Texans age 60 and older provided by staff and volunteer attorneys. Our primary focus is service to low income Texans whose access to legal assistance is otherwise limited.

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Filing a Grievance

Fee Disputes for Travis County
512-472-0279 The Austin Bar Association's Fee Dispute Committee provides mediation and arbitration for billing and fee disputes between Travis County attorneys and their clients.

Filing a Grievance with the State Bar of Texas - Questions & Answers
800-932-1900 Allegations of misconduct by an attorney are very serious, and are reviewed carefully by the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel. If you believe that an attorney has violated the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, you may report this information to the State Bar in the form of a grievance.

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Other

Austin Tenants Council
512-474-7007 (Austin) Housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, or disability.

Capital Area AIDS Legal Project
Contact Linette Harris at 512-406-6173 for estate planning, discrimination, debtor counseling, insurance problems, access to health care, public benefits, family law, immigration, and other matters encountered by eligible clients.

Jane's Due Process
Jane's Due Process ensures legal representation for pregnant minors in Texas. The core of Jane's Due Process is a 24-hour, toll-free legal hotline, 1-866-WWW-Jane or 1-866-999-5263. The majority of callers to the hotline are seeking assistance with the judicial bypass process. Through the website, www.janesdueprocess.org, and various publications, the non-profit provides information and referrals for other legal issues related to teen pregnancy such as emancipation, Title IX, dating violence, and health care.

American Gateways  (Formerly Political Asylum Project of Austin)
512-478-0546 (Austin) Immigration: asylum, cancellation of removal, voluntary departure, VAWA, citizenship, family-based visa petitions, detainees rights.

Texas Workforce Commission
Provides employment-related assistance including discrimination in employment, education, job search and unemployment insurance; services include general information, individual advocacy, and ombudsman services.

Equal Justice Center - equaljusticecenter.org
The Equal Justice Centers' mission is to empower low-income workers, families, and communities to achieve fair treatment in the workplace and in the justice system - regardless of immigration status.

Austin Association for Legal Professionals
Austin LPA, Inc., the association for legal professionals (formerly known as the Austin Legal Secretaries Association, Inc.), is a nonpartisan, nonunion, nonsectarian, nonprofit, and educational organization chartered in 1960 by NALS, Inc. and is affiliated with the Texas Association of Legal Professionals.

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