Introduction

On behalf of the HBA board and the staff of the Houston Bar Association, I extend our sincere hope that you and your families are safe in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The damage caused by this storm and the number of people who have suffered and are displaced is unprecedented. It is imperative that we join together to help those in need in our community. The HBA and its ancillary organizations – Houston Volunteer Lawyers, Houston Lawyer Referral Service and the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center – will join the legal community in assisting with disaster relief efforts for our members and our city. We will work with city and county authorities to provide services that will help residents from Harris County and surrounding areas recover from this devastating storm.

– Alistair Dawson, HBA President

Here is information to help you, as well as areas in which we plan to assist and where we need your help:


Resources for the Public

  • Clinics – Visit the Houston Volunteer Lawyers web site for information on upcoming legal clinics.
  • LegalLine – The next LegalLine is Wednesday, December 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call (713) 759-1133 at that time and licensed volunteer attorneys will answer your legal questions. Learn more here.
Dec 06

HBA Public Services
LegalLine

December 6 @ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Dec 07

HBA Public Services
Consejos Legales

December 7 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dec 20

HBA Public Services
LegalLine

December 20 @ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

See the HBA calendar for more public service events.

  • Courthouses – To learn the statuses of courthouses in Harris County, click here, or here for family courts, specifically.
  • THL Legal Assistance – Legal assistance available to the public after Hurricane Harvey, as publicized in the September-October issue of The Houston Lawyer.
  • State Bar Disaster Relief – The State Bar of Texas has a Disaster Relief Resource Page with information on ways to obtain legal help. The State Bar also operates a Disaster Hotline to assist people impacted by Hurricane Harvey at 1 (800) 504-7030. Learn more here (English), (Spanish).
  • TexasLawHelp – Click here for TexasLawHelp’s legal advice and resources regarding Hurricane Harvey.
  • Harris County Recovery Network – Click here for the Harris County Recovery Network, which lists helpful local news and resources.
  • FAQ – Click here for a list of frequently-asked-questions (and answers) regarding legal issues around Hurricane Harvey, as provided by Baker Botts. (This guide provides general information only that may or may not be applicable in individual circumstances. It is not intended as legal advice. For legal advice in specific circumstances, please consult your own lawyer or the HBA LegalLine at (713) 759-1133.)

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Resources for Attorneys

  • HBA Resources – See how the HBA is aiding its members who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.
  • THL Resources – Attorney resources related to Hurricane Harvey, as published in the September-October 2017 issue of The Houston Lawyer.
  • HBF Relief Fund – The Houston Bar Foundation has a hurricane relief fund for attorneys, with finances dedicated to helping members of the local legal community in need of hurricane relief. If you or someone you know needs financial help after Harvey, contact the HBA office at (713) 759-1133. You can also click here if you would like to donate.
  • Office Sharing – If you are an attorney who has extra office space or housing that you would be willing to share temporarily with someone who has been displaced by the storm, or if you are an attorney in need of temporary office space or housing, please let us know by calling (713) 759-1133. We will facilitate matching the needs of our members with the generosity of our members.
  • Courthouses – To learn the statuses of courthouses in Harris County, click here, or here for family courts, specifically.
  • State Bar Disaster Relief – The State Bar of Texas has a Disaster Relief Resource Page with information on ways to obtain legal help. The State Bar also operates a Disaster Hotline to assist people impacted by Hurricane Harvey at 1 (800) 504-7030. Learn more here (English), (Spanish).
  • State Bar Disaster Manual – September 2017 Disaster Manual from the State Bar of Texas.
  • FEMA and Beyond – Slideshows (“Flood Insurance Claims”, “Mo’ Disasters, Mo’ Problems”) from the FEMA presentation on September 7, 2017.
  • Harris County Recovery Network – Click here for the Harris County Recovery Network, which lists helpful local news and resources.

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Volunteer Opportunities

  • HVL DRCs – The HBA’s Houston Volunteer Lawyers needs volunteer attorneys at Disaster Recovery Centers throughout Houston. Specifically, volunteers are needed at the Baytown, Greenspoint and Simonton Disaster Recovery Centers, as well as the NRG Shelter. If you are interested in volunteering for one of the recovery centers or shelters, please sign up at the portal.
  • HVL Fairs – Houston Volunteer Lawyers also needs volunteer attorneys for several resource fairs to provide information and legal assistance. If you would like to help at a resource fair, please sign up at the portal.
  • HVL Cases – And last, but far from least, Houston Volunteer Lawyers needs attorneys to take cases for low-income Houstonians. While there is, and will continue to be, a great need for volunteers to take cases related to Hurricane Harvey, HVL still has other cases waiting for current clients who need help with family law, wills and probate, tax matters and many other civil legal issues. You can view the case list and sign up at the portal.
  • LegalLine – You can sign up to give legal advice over the phone through the HBA’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Expanded LegalLine program by contacting Ashley Gagnon Steininger at (713) 759-1133 or ashleyg@hba.org. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far!
  • Volunteer with SBA – The U.S. Small Business Administration has hurricane relief volunteer positions available. Click here to sign up.

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