Family law issues are often very emotional and stressful. It is a confusing time when you don’t know where to look for a family lawyer. If you are unsure of the costs involved and how to find a lawyer, contact the Austin Lawyer Referral Service. We are a nonprofit organization established in 1966, and have been a trusted source for finding all types of lawyers for over 50 years in Austin Texas. Our program is certified by the State Bar of Texas and approved by the American Bar Association. LRS is committed to helping you find family lawyers or other community organization who may be able to assist.
When Do You Need a Family Lawyer?
Family law lawyers deal with a wide variety of family issues from simple uncontested (agreed to by both parties) divorces to complex matters that may involve family violence, disputed shared property, or child custody issues. We connect you with prescreened family law attorneys specializing in handling all types of legal matters, including family law issues such as:
- Child Protective Services issues
- Military divorce
- Grandparent access
- Name Change
- Protective Orders
How Does our Family Lawyer Service Work?
You have a choice to contact LRS by telephone to reach our friendly staff or by email through our website. If you call us, we can help explain the costs and procedures involved, share resources with you, and offer you alternatives in ways you can proceed.
The first consultation with an attorney is free of charge for up to 30 minutes. The consultation may be subject to additional fees if it goes beyond 30 minutes. If you need more than one referral to find the right lawyer, we can help with that.
Family Law Programs
Collaborative Family Law – This is a method where the couple agrees to work out divorce details by agreement thereby avoiding going to court. Attorney are specially trained to work on these types of agreements and both parties must agree to proceed collaboratively.
Limited Scope Representation – This is a method where a person represents themselves (pro se) with limited assistance from a lawyer. If you are willing and able to represent yourself but need a lawyer to help you through parts of the process, you hire the lawyer for very specific tasks such as document preparation or review, coaching, negotiating, and even limited court appearances on your behalf. If you decide to represent yourself, we always suggest you have a lawyer review your documents BEFORE you file with the court.
The Modest Means Program – This is a reduced fee program for those who cannot afford full legal fees but may not qualify for Legal Aid. You must call the Lawyer Referral Service in Austin to be screened to qualify for this program. This service is available to those who reside in Travis, Williamson, Hays, and Bastrop Counties (the LRS service area). This is not a free (pro bono) service–lawyers will charge for their services at a reduced rate.
Free Legal Clinics – There are several free clinics held in the Austin area sponsored by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and Volunteer Legal Services. These clinics are held twice a week in Austin for those seeking legal advice and held in surrounding counties. If you qualify, you may receive free assistance.
Let Us Help You
We are not just an internet based service. If you need to talk to someone, we have people on the phones who can help with resources available for attorneys in private practice, free (pro bono), reduced fee, or self-help assistance. We will help you make the best decision about available resources. If you are unsure about how to find an experienced family law attorney in or around Austin Texas, LRS can help. To discuss your legal issue, simply call (512) 472-8303 or fill out the form below and we will respond to your request as soon as we can.
Areas We Serve
We serve Austin and the surrounding areas including Bastrop, Buda, Cedar Creek, Cedar Park, Elgin, Georgetown, Kyle, Lago Vista, Lakeway, Leander, Manor, Pflugerville, Round Rock, and San Marcos.