What Is LegalLine?

LegalLine is a community service outreach program created by the Houston Bar Association in 1985. This hotline is designed to help the people of Houston receive simple legal advice, answers to legal questions and referrals to helpful resources over the telephone, at no cost to the caller. Callers may ask questions on any legal topic.

All calls are answered by licensed attorneys. Our volunteer attorneys specialize in a variety of fields, including family law. The volunteers remain anonymous.

No appointment is necessary, just place your call while the program is taking place. We accept phone calls only — not in-person visits. Please note that when the LegalLine program is not taking place, there are no attorneys who can be reached at this phone number.

For more facts about LegalLine, click here.

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When and Where Is LegalLine?

With few exceptions, LegalLine takes place on the first and third Wednesdays of every month.

LegalLine sessions on June 5, June 19, July 17, August 7, August 21, September 4 and September 18 will take place between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Beginning on October 2, 2019, LegalLine hours will be 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. LegalLine will also have more lines and more attorneys to answer questions.

Call (713) 759-1133.

You can confirm the date and time of the next LegalLine by consulting our web site calendar or calling the HBA office at (713) 759-1133. See the upcoming program dates below.

Sat 27

Houston Volunteer Lawyers
HVL Legal Advice Clinic – Southwest Houston

July 27 @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Aug 01

HBA Public Services
Consejos Legales

August 1 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Aug 07

HBA Public Services
LegalLine

August 7 @ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Who Can Call LegalLine?

Any resident of Harris County or surrounding areas may call LegalLine.

If you do not live in the area, you may call, but note that the laws in your place of residence may differ from those in Houston.

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¿Qué (y cuando) es consejos legales?

Consejos Legales is a program offered by the HBA and co-sponsored by the Mexican American Bar Association and the Hispanic Bar Association. It offers free, simple legal advice in Spanish for Harris County residents.

With few exceptions, Consejos Legales takes place on the first Thursday of every month, between 6-8 p.m. Call (713) 759-1133.

See the next Consejos Legales dates below:

Sat 27

Houston Volunteer Lawyers
HVL Legal Advice Clinic – Southwest Houston

July 27 @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Aug 01

HBA Public Services
Consejos Legales

August 1 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Aug 07

HBA Public Services
LegalLine

August 7 @ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

You may confirm the date and time of the next Consejos Legales by consulting the web site calendar or calling the HBA office at (713) 759-1133.

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Consejos Legales es un programa ofrecido por el HBA y copatrocinado por la Asociación Mexicana de Abogados y la Asociación Hispana de Abogados. Ofrece asesoría legal simple y gratuita en español para los residentes del Condado de Harris.

Con pocas excepciones, Consejos Legales tiene lugar el primer jueves de cada mes, entre las 6-8 p.m. Llame al (713) 759-1133.

Vea las siguientes fechas de Consejos Legales a continuación:

Sat 27

Houston Volunteer Lawyers
HVL Legal Advice Clinic – Southwest Houston

July 27 @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Aug 01

HBA Public Services
Consejos Legales

August 1 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Aug 07

HBA Public Services
LegalLine

August 7 @ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Puede confirmar la fecha y hora de las siguientes Consejos Legales consultando el calendario del sitio web o llamando a la oficina de HBA al (713) 759-1133.

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Tips on calling LegalLine

These are some suggestions to keep in mind when calling the LegalLine program:

  • You don’t have to be nervous. Attorneys are people too. They just have some knowledge that you might not have.
  • There is no need to rehearse or have a set script. During the call, the attorney may ask clarifying questions that didn’t come to mind before.
  • LegalLine attorneys cannot make direct referrals or take cases. LegalLine calls must remain free and anonymous in order to comply with HBA rules. These calls are for advice purposes only.
  • Boil down your call to a few key questions. All the attorney needs is enough information to guide you in the right direction.
  • Keep it brief. There are other callers waiting for this opportunity. Please be considerate of their time and the attorney’s time.
  • If you can remember, tell the attorney how you heard about the HBA’s LegalLine, so we know how to advertise in the future.

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How Else Can I Get Help?

If you can’t wait until the next LegalLine, or LegalLine didn’t get you everything you need, don’t worry. You have options.

For additional advice:

Pro Se Assistance, 9:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, Harris County Civil Courthouse (201 Caroline) 17th Floor, and Harris County Law Library (1019 Congress Ave.) tunnel level.
This information booth, operated by Houston Volunteer Lawyers, offers help to self-representing litigants looking to fill out forms correctly.
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Harris County Law Library, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, 1019 Congress 17th Floor.
The law library offers free legal resources digitally and in print, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Visit Site

Texas Immigrant Rights Hotline, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Timely and accurate information about changing immigration laws and referrals to legal services providers and attorneys. The hotline is staffed by non-profit staff and DOJ accredited representatives.
1 (833) 468-4664 | Visit Site

Saturday Legal Clinics, 8:00 a.m., two Saturdays per month, locations vary.
Houston Volunteer Lawyers holds semimonthly walk-in clinics offering free legal advice to the first 75 visitors. These clinic locations are different each time they are held. Click here for dates, times and locations.
(713) 228-0735 | Visit Site

Veterans Legal Initiative.
The HBA offers free legal services to active duty military, veterans, and spouses of deceased veterans through this program. In addition to advice clinics at the DeBakey VA Medical Center every Friday afternoon, volunteers also staff semimonthly, traveling clinics for veterans on Saturdays.
(713) 759-1133 | Visit Page

Other Legal Hotlines.
The Texas State Law Library’s official list of free legal hotlines. This list is especially handy if you do not live in Harris County, if you need help in a specific field, or if our LegalLine hours do not work for you.
Visit Site

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For representation:

Houston Lawyer Referral Service.
One of the HBA’s ancillary organizations. Call to receive a free referral to an attorney for a civil or criminal case, and a 30-minute consultation with an attorney for $20 (paying attorney’s normal fees afterward).
(713) 237-9429 | Visit Site

Houston Volunteer Lawyers.
One of the HBA’s ancillary organizations. Callers who meet low-income qualifications can be referred to an attorney who may represent their civil case on a pro bono basis.
(713) 228-0732 | Visit Site

Dispute Resolution Center.
One of the HBA’s ancillary organizations. Services are free and include community-based mediation, court-ordered mediation, arbitration, and moderated settlement conferences. Trained mediators and moderators help parties reach agreement before the problem leads to a costly lawsuit or violence.
(713) 274-7100 | Visit Site

Lone Star Legal Aid.
An attorney referral service that provides low-income Texans with pro bono representation for certain types of civil cases.
(713) 652-0077 | Visit Site

State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral & Information Service.
An attorney referral service run by the State Bar of Texas, which operates in almost every county in Texas. Provides referrals to civil and criminal attorneys for regular fees. Apply over the phone or online.
1 (800) 252-9690 M-F 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Visit Site

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I'm a Licensed Attorney. How Do I Participate?

If you or your firm would like to volunteer with LegalLine, contact Ashley Gagnon Steininger (ashleyg@hba.org) at (713) 759-1133.

We recruit volunteers on an individual basis, and through law firms, corporate legal departments, HBA sections, committees and other groups. LegalLine is a great team-building experience for law offices. Spanish-speaking volunteers also are needed for Consejos Legales.

If your organization would like to recruit four licensed attorneys to volunteer for LegalLine between October 2019 and June 2020, click here to fill out the signup form.

You can also visit the LegalLine Committee web page to learn more about the organizers.

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How Do I Get More Information About LegalLine?

Call the HBA office at (713) 759-1133 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, and the staff will be happy to give you the information you need.

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