Legal Hotline For Texans
800-622-2520, Option 3
We receive a heavy volume of calls. If you get our voicemail, please give your name, phone number including area code, address, a brief description of your problem, and the best time for us to call you back. You may leave more than one phone number.
If you are 60 years of age or older and your income is not more than 125% of the federal poverty income limit and your assets are limited, Hotline attorneys can give you free counsel and advice by phone, point you to free legal forms, or refer you to government, non-profit or other free resources that can help.
If you meet the age, income, and asset criteria described below, a hotline attorney can provide counsel and advice regarding certain non-criminal law matters. Please keep in mind that the Legal Hotline for Texans provides counsel and advice. We cannot draft documents, engage in negotiations with third parties, or go to court. The counsel and advice can concern the civil legal matters listed below. Although the list below is not exhaustive, it is a list of matters on which callers often have needed the counsel and advice of an attorney of the Legal Hotline for Texans.
Power of Attorney
Home Ownership and Real Property Issues
Private Landlord/Tenant Issues (for the tenant)
Divorce, Custody, Visitation
Consumer Issues (Bankruptcy, Collection and Repossession Issues, Contracts)
Food stamps (SNAP), SSI, Social Security, and other Public Benefits Issues
Through counsel and advice, the attorneys of the Legal Hotline for Texans will ascertain relevant facts, exercise judgment in interpreting the particular facts presented by the client, and apply the relevant law to the facts presented. The attorneys are able to answer the legal questions asked and will counsel the client concerning their legal concern. Put your mind at ease by knowing your rights.
Transactional Legal Assistance
512-637-6752 or toll-free at 1-800-622-2520
Due to our heavy call volume, you may receive our voice mail. Please leave your name, phone number (including area code), and a brief description of your situation. We will return your call as quickly as possible.
The Transactional Legal Assistance attorneys prepare: Transfer on Death Deeds for Texas property owners who wish to transfer their real property to heirs without the need for probate; general durable powers of attorney for those wishing to designate another person (agent) to assist in the handling of their financial affairs; occupational driver’s licenses if one was lost due to a DWI or other traffic violation; and expunction or nondisclosure for those who wish to clear or seal a criminal record to more easily qualify for housing and employment.
There is no charge for our services to income-eligible Texans. To receive free services, you must be a Texas resident and have a household income at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. If you are unsure, contact us and we will help you figure out if you're eligible. And even if you're not eligible for this particular program, we can refer you to other organizations that may be able to help.
Legal Aid for Veterans and Their Families
512-637-5419 ext. 126
Veterans treatment courts act as a "one-stop shop," linking veterans with the programs, benefits, and services they have earned. We're one of those services. We serve low-income veterans, their spouses, their dependents, and the surviving spouses of deceased veterans.
Consumer rights, landlord/tenant issues, contracts, foreclosure, wills and estates
Disability appeals and discharge upgrades
Child support, visitation rights, and divorce
Other Legal Resources
TexasLawHelp.org has free legal forms and information for Texans. It explains the law on issues that affect low-income Texans and provides a free consultation with attorneys through its live-chat function. To get free legal advice through the live-chat function, users must qualify for that service. Live-chat attorneys will ask short intake questions to see whether a user qualifies. TexasLawHelp.org also has a directory and search function where users find their local legal aid offices and pro bono services near them.
Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)
The Department of Aging and Disability Services was created to administer long-term services and support for aging people who have cognitive and physical disabilities. DADS also licenses and regulates providers of these services, and administers the state’s guardianship program.
Texas Health and Human Services
Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
The Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) provide services to help older Texans, their family members, and caregivers. They provide information and help obtain services and benefits that affect older Texans like Medicare application, locating accessible housing, and assisted living facilities.
Each Area Agency on Aging may provide different services. Services are provided to people ages 60 and older and are targeted to those with the greatest economic and social need. Particular attention is paid to people with low-incomes, older people who belong to minority groups, and older people residing in rural areas. In addition, family members and other caregivers may receive information and services on behalf of an older person they care for.
Area Agencies on Aging Directory
Adult Protective Services (APS)
Adult Protective Services is responsible for investigating abuse, neglect, and exploitation of adults who are elderly or disabled and reside in the community or within certain state-run facilities.
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
State benefit programs help people with little or no money who are in need. You can learn about SNAP Food Benefits, TANF Cash Help, Healthcare, Support-Services, and WIC Food Benefits.
Texas Veterans Commission
The Texas Veterans Commission aggressively advocates for Texas veterans, their families, and survivors. They provide quality service through nine program areas: Claims Representation and Counseling, Veterans Employment Services, Veterans Education, Communications and Veterans Outreach, Veteran Entrepreneur Program, Health Care Advocacy, Veterans Mental Health Program, Women Veterans Program, and the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.
Texas Veterans Commission