El Paso Lawyers for Patriots was honored as a recipient of the 2012NABE/LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach Award. Watch a video of the El Paso Lawyers for Patriots Free Legal Clinic Spring 2012.
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.
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)
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.
National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, Inc. — Find attorneys in your area who practice veterans law.
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
- El Paso Lawyers for Patriots
- Lone Star Legal Aid: Lone Star Lawyers for Lone Star Veterans
- TLTV: Tarrant County Bar Association
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.
- “How Do I Appeal?” (Click here to download a copy or order a free printed copy)
- BVA Ombudsman (Customer Service Center)
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?
- Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans: Resources for Veterans Seeking Help [PDF]
- Center for Minority Veterans
- Center for Women Veterans
- Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors (2010 Edition)
- Homeless Veterans
- List of VA Facilities in Texas
- Returning Service Members
- Social Security Administration Compassionate Allowances (PDF)
- Texas Veterans Commission
- Texas Veterans Leadership Program
- Texas Veterans Portal
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- U.S. DOD/Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay
- VA Regional Offices
- VA Stand Downs
- VA Survivor Benefits
- Vet Center
- Veterans Field Guide to Government Shutdown [PDF]
- WARMS/Veterans Benefits Administration References
- Association for Service Disabled Veterans
- Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
- Disabled American Veterans
- Geriatrics and Extended Care
- Give an Hour
- National Center for PTSD
- National Institutes of Health — Veterans and Military Health
- Providence Hospice
- Real Warriors: Resilience, Recovery, Reintegration
- Returning Heroes Home
- Texas Council of Community MHMR Centers
- Veterans Health Administration on Facebook
- Veterans Health Care
- Veterans Mental Health Concerns (PTSD, depression,
- Vets4Warriors.com or (855) 838-8255
Veterans Crisis Line:
(800) 273-TALK (8255),
Veterans Crisis Line Online
- Housing and Urban Development Veteran Resource Center
- HUD-VASH Resource Guide for Permanent Housing and Clinical Care
- National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
- Texas Recovery Oriented Housing Network
- VA Regional Loan Centers
- Veterans Housing Assistance Program
- Veterans Justice Outreach Initiative
- National Veterans Foundation Employment Center
- National Veterans Technical Assistance Center
- Texas Workforce Commission
- U.S. Office of Personnel Management
- VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
- Veterans’ Employment & Training Service
- Workforce Solutions
- GI Bill
- Sam Houston State University Veterans Resource Center
- Texas State University Veterans Affairs Office
- Texas Veterans Commission — Education
- University of Texas at Austin Student Veterans Resource Center
- Combat Leader to Corporate Leader
- VA Center for Veterans Enterprise
- Veterans’ Business Outreach Center
- Veterans’ Transition Franchise Initiative
- VICARS: Victims Initiative for Counseling, Advocacy, and Restoration of the Southwest (Identity Theft and Financial Fraud Issues)
- American Legion
- AmeriCorps Texas
- Grace After Fire: Texas Project
- Helping a Hero
- Joining Forces
- Operation Homefront — Texas
- Operation Resilient Families
- Pros 4 Vets
- Student Veterans of America
- TEX VET: Texas Project
- Veterans of Foreign Wars
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)
- Veterans’ Rights: Benefits for Non-Citizens [PDF]
- Veterans’ Rights: Education Benefits [PDF]
- Veterans’ Rights: Employment Issues [PDF]
- Veterans’ Rights: Family Member Benefits [PDF]
- Veterans’ Rights: Preventing Fraud on Veterans [PDF]
- Veterans’ Rights: Opportunities for Small Business Owners [PDF]
- Veterans’ Rights: Renters’ & Homeowners’ Issues [PDF]
For more information about basic civil legal services for veterans, email ATJMail@texasbar.com.
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