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Resources for Veterans

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Need a Lawyer?

Find a veterans legal clinic in your area or email ATJMail@texasbar.com for more information.

Legal Hotline for Texans/Veterans Hotline: (800) 622-2520; fax (512) 477-6576; website: www.tlsc.org/programs/vlap.asp

Civil Legal Aid Services Agencies

The State Bar does not provide direct legal services, represent individuals in legal matters, maintain a list of pro bono attorneys, or match individuals with pro bono attorneys. Please understand that funding for legal services is extremely limited, and, as a result, programs must turn away many with serious legal needs. At most, the State Bar can offer you referrals to low-cost civil legal services agencies in your area.

For a listing of legal service providers by county, see the Referral Directory for Low-Income Texans [PDF]. 

Lawyer Referral Information Service

If you do not qualify for legal aid, contact the Lawyer Referral Information Service at (800) 252-9690. Through the Lawyer Referral Information Service, a person may have a thirty-minute consultation with an attorney for $20. At the end of the consultation, the attorney and individual may discuss possible representation and price structure. Please understand that the Lawyer Referral Information Service is not a pro bono or reduced-fee program.

Other Legal Resources
TexasLawHelp.org — Online resource for free and low-cost civil legal assistance where you can learn about your rights, self-help resources, and legal aid.

The People's Lawyer — Provides resources on a number of civil legal topics.

HEROES for Children in Military Families — From the Office of the Texas Attorney General, this program offers service members, veterans, and their families enhanced, personalized assistance in addressing paternity establishment, child support, and parenting time (custody/visitation) matters.

Stateside Legal — This website is designed to help military service members, veterans, and their families gain access to their benefits, find free legal help, and better understand their legal issues.

ABAHomeFront.org — A state-by-state listing of programs and offices providing services that may be used by military families in need of legal help.

ABAHomeFront.org — Texas Programs

National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, Inc. — Find attorneys in your area who practice veterans law.

 

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Find a Legal Clinic

If you need legal advice for basic civil legal services, check for a veterans legal clinic in your area. Civil practice areas covered in veterans legal clinics include but are not necessarily limited to Bankruptcy, Child Support, Consumer/Contracts, Divorce or Custody/Guardianship/Probate, Landlord/Tenant, Wills/Estate Planning, Employment, Housing, and Tax.

Please note that most legal clinics require an appointment to attend. Contact the individual clinics for more information or to sign up.

Pro bono clinics for veterans are available in all metropolitan areas of the state, including Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, as well as in smaller communities, such as Bastrop, Beaumont, Denton, Galveston, and Midland-Odessa.

TLTV Legal Clinics: Calendar

Note: Income guidelines may apply for free legal representation. Income guidelines generally use a percentage of the federal poverty income amount. Please contact each veterans legal clinic for its policy.

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Disability Claims Resources

For more information about Claims Representation and Counseling, please contact the Texas Veterans Commission, info@tvc.texas.gov, (512)463-5538

Find a Claims Office in Texas [PDF]

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Board of Veterans’ Appeals

To assist with claims for Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) benefits before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals or VA Regional Offices, attorneys must be accredited by the VA. Want to find an accredited attorney?

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Other Veterans' Resources

Veterans’ Benefits
Health Care
Veterans Crisis Line:
(800) 273-TALK (8255), Option 1

Veterans Crisis Line Online Chat:
www.veteranscrisisline.net


Housing
Employment
Education
Financial/Business
General Resources
Active Duty Military Personnel

If you are active duty military seeking legal assistance, please contact Operation Enduring LAMP (Legal Personnel) at (800) 204-2222, ext. 1855. The LAMP program helps active duty military, members of the Reserves and National Guard called to active duty, and their families with a wide range of legal issues ranging from family law matters to employment issues to consumer law.

Pamphlets (for informational purposes only)

Contact Us

For more information about basic civil legal services for veterans, email ATJMail@texasbar.com.

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