Legal Assistance for Those Affected by Flooding and Severe Weather
If you were affected by the recent flooding and severe weather, there are resources to help you with legal questions.
Houston Bar Association Extended LegalLine, June 3
Volunteer attorneys will answer questions over the phone from noon until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3. The public can call 713-759-1133 to ask questions about insurance, contracts, lost documents, property and other consumer issues. Click here to read more.
State Bar of Texas Legal Hotline
The State Bar of Texas has established a legal hotline — (800) 504-7030 — to help people find answers to basic legal questions and connect them with local legal aid providers following recent flooding and other severe weather in Texas. Click here to read more.
You can also find helpful materials online at texaslawhelp.org/issues/disaster-relief and at www.trla.org/centexfloods.
The Houston Bar Association provides many services for the public. For information, please follow the links below.
Do You Need Legal Help?
Through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers, a Service of the Houston Bar Association, attorneys volunteer their time to provide legal services in civil matters for low-income Houstonians. This program helps those who cannot get help through other legal aid programs and is based on income eligibility. Special units within the Houston Volunteer Lawyers handle family law, bankruptcy, HIV/AIDS, problems of the elderly, and victims of domestic violence. Houston Volunteer Lawyers offers Saturday Legal Advice Clinics at various community centers throughout Houston typically on the first and third Saturdays of each month. The clinics are free, run from 9:00 a.m. until spaces are filled, and no appointment is necessary.
Click here for 2014 Clinic Schedule
To reach the program, call (713) 228-0732 or visit the Houston Volunteer Lawyers website.
Find an attorney through the Texas State Bar website
The Houston Bar Association conducts three types of judicial questionnaires as a tool to educate citizens about their judiciary and to help them make informed decisions at the ballot box. In odd-numbered years, the Houston Bar Association asks members to evaluate elected and appointed judges on a number of professional and ethical criteria, based on personal, firsthand experience. In election years, the HBA asks members to evaluate judicial candidates. Believing that the quality of the judiciary is of crucial importance to the legal community and the community at large, the HBA has conducted judicial polls since the early 1970s. View HBA Judicial Poll Results.
Public Information Brochure
Each year, the HBA publishes a brochure for the public that provides information and phone numbers for the association’s many community and legal services programs, in an effort to get the word out about the many types of help available through HBA programs. The brochures are widely distributed at forums such as the Houston Public Library, the Law Day Naturalization Ceremony, the People’s Law School, the Harris County Jury Assembly Room, churches, social service agencies, and other groups. More than 51,000 copies were distributed during the past year to more than 80 groups.Public Information Brochure (PDF)
Veterans Legal Initiative – Free Legal Help
The Veterans Legal Initiative (VLI) serves those who served us by providing pro bono legal advice and legal representation for qualifying veterans in a 17-county area. Find out about free legal clinics.