Monday, February 18, 2013

Houston Volunteer Lawyers (pro bono - free - legal services)

Harris County pro bono (free) legal services for Harris County residents whose household income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.

They provide help for people with problems with:
family law (divorce, child support, custody, visitation, etc.)
estate planning (such as wills, powers of attorney)
tax disputes with the IRS
Landlord/tenant issues
consumer problems

Intake line -- 713-228-0732

They have legal advice clinics:

Saturday clinic -- 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month at various locations around Houston

Veterans Clinic - every Friday from 2-4pm 
at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic - 
by appointment for assistance with IRS issues
Call 713-255-1TAX

Courthouse Information Booth - Family Law Questions only
(divorce, child support, child custody, etc.)
Basement of the Harris County Family Law Center
(1115 Congress, Houston, Texas 77002)
from 8:30 - noon & from 1-2 pm on Monday - Friday (usually)
The people that work in the booth do NOT give out legal forms!
They will try to answer your legal questions.

Houston Volunteer Lawyers is non-profit service of the Houston Bar Association (HBA).
This organization is supported by your local Houston lawyers!
This organization receives over 30,000 phone calls each year.
They provide free in-person legal advice to nearly 5,000 people each year.
Local Houston volunteer lawyers handle over 1,400 cases each year - local Houston attorneys donate over $4million worth of their time on these pro bono cases!

6 million Texans qualify for legal aid - including over 500,000 in Houston alone but there ar less than 90,000 lawyers statewide!  The need for free legal services exceed the attorneys available to provide assistance!

People bad-mouth greedy attorneys--but local Houston attorneys try to help indigent Harris County residents by financially supporting Houston Volunteer Lawyers & by providing legal services for free.  The legal community in Houston gives back to the Houston community in many ways -- check out the Houston Bar Association website for some of the things the HBA does -- coat drives in the winter, building houses for Habitat for Humanity, etc.


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