The Houston Legal Handbook coverThe HBA has three legal handbooks available for the public. These handbooks are prepared by attorneys who are experts in their respective fields, and are written in an easy to read, question and answer format. The handbooks are updated after every Texas Legislative session (every 2 years.)

The current version of each handbook is available in full digitally. Feel free to view, download and print any of the documents below.

Residents of Harris County are welcome to call the HBA’s LegalLine program for free, anonymous, simple legal advice over the phone from licensed volunteer attorneys. The program takes place on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in English, and the first Thursday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Spanish.

Click here for a list of other free legal hotlines in Texas.

Printed copies of the three combined handbooks are available in limited quantities for individual use only. To confirm availability and order a copy to be picked up or mailed, contact Carly Wood at or (713) 759-1133.

HBA Handbooks (2019-2020 editions now available!)

Family Law Handbook

English [Download Word Document]

English [View PDF]


Pro Se Litigant Handbook

Provided by the Harris County Law Library.

English [View PDF]

Español [Mirar PDF]