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, between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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.

Wed 17

HBA Public Services
LegalLine

October 17 @ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Nov 01

HBA Public Services
Consejos Legales

November 1 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Nov 07

HBA Public Services
LegalLine

November 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:

Wed 17

HBA Public Services
LegalLine

October 17 @ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Nov 01

HBA Public Services
Consejos Legales

November 1 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Nov 07

HBA Public Services
LegalLine

November 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:

Wed 17

HBA Public Services
LegalLine

October 17 @ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Nov 01

HBA Public Services
Consejos Legales

November 1 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Nov 07

HBA Public Services
LegalLine

November 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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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 a.m. – noon and 1 – 5 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.
Visit Site

Harris County Law Library, 8 a.m.-7 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, 2-6 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 volunteer attorneys, law students, and BIA accredited representatives.
1 (888) 507-2970 | Visit Site

Saturday Legal Clinics, 8 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. Click here to see the traveling clinic schedule.
(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) 755-8274 | 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.

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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