Domestic Violence Support
Emergency support for individuals or families affected by sexual or domestic violence, as well as counseling, legal advocacy, and education of financial services, life skills, and prevention.
24 hour SAFEline: 512-267-7233 or Text: 737-888-7233
For more services: https://www.safeaustin.org/our-services/
HOPE Alliance, Williamson County
Support including counseling, support, emergency shelter and housing, legal services, and advocacy. “Williamson’s County only resource center and emergency shelter for those affected by family and sexual violence.”
24-hour Hotline: 1-800-460-7233
For more information: https://www.hopealliancetx.org/#
Texas Advocacy Project, Statewide
Free legal advice and services statewide to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Call: 1-800-374-4673 or apply online at: https://www.texasadvocacyproject.org/#
Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA)
Statewide legal services for artists, inventors, authors, filmmakers and other entertainment entrepreneurs including patent, trademark, and copyright assistance, dispute resolution, business and non-profit formations, and other legal services for intellectual property.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Call: 512-459-8252 to leave a message
For more information: https://talarts.org/about
Family and General Law
Texas Law Help
“The Law, Made Clear.” TexasLawHelp.org is an expansive online resource for free and low-cost civil legal assistance for those who cannot afford legal help. Get more information here.
Texas Legal Services Center
Legal help for income-eligible people for family law, pension recovery, occupational driver’s license, expunctions, extended family access, pro se forms, public benefits (SNAP, Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, SSDI, and TANF), medical matters, end-of-life planning, disability rights, domestic violence, and help for Veterans.
Click HERE to access services and phone numbers to call.
Travis County Law Library
Local community hub to access further legal information and forms for many areas of law.
Call: 512-854-8677 or visit their website HERE for more services.
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS)
If you are not sure if you need a lawyer or if you cannot afford one, you may want to attend a free legal clinic held in Austin once a month. The legal clinic is sponsored by VLS and is staffed with lawyer volunteers who provide advice. Limited walk-ins accepted. Some cases may qualify for additional legal services. Se Habla Espanol.
Schedule yourself online at www.vlsoct.org/get-help/.
Serving the immigrant community, American Gateways provides low-cost legal assistance for different immigration or refugee services including asylum, family based, adjustment, citizenship, outreach, and advocacy.
Contact them by calling 512-478-0546, ext. 200 or visit their help page here.
“The Common Law”
The Austin Chronicle publishes a column named “The Common Law” written by a local Austin attorney. There are several columns that provide good, general information on a great many topics. The information in the legal columns is for informational purposes only. Please consult with an attorney if further assistance is needed. View archived columns.
2-1-1 Texas, a program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, is a free, anonymous social service hotline available 24 hours a day, to-find information from state and local health and human services programs for food, housing, health, and more.
Call: 211 or search for services at: https://www.211texas.org/.
Dispute Resolution Center (DRC)
A mediation service to help resolve or negotiate conflicts between individuals, businesses, and communities. “Mediation is a process in which two or more people involved in a dispute meet at the DRC in a private, confidential setting, and with the help of a neutral person (mediator) work out their own solution to the dispute.”
Contact DRC by calling 512-371-0033 or get more information here.
Austin Tenants Council
Advocates for tenant’s rights for landlord disputes, housing repairs, and more.
Call 512-474-1961 or for more information: https://www.housing-rights.org/tenant-concerns.
Austin Bar Association Veterans Clinic
Free legal advice monthly for Veterans and their families. Attorney volunteers are able to provide brief legal advice. Every veteran who attends the Free Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans (whether in-person or virtual) must complete an intake application in order to verify qualification. Legal advice is provided in the following areas: divorce, child support, custody, consumer, contracts, criminal, wills, estate planning, guardianship, probate, housing, landlord/tenant, and bankruptcy.
Call 512-472-0279, ext. 110 or, for quicker response, apply here: https://www.austinbar.org/?pg=veterans.
Need a lawyer in a different part of the country? Find the lawyer referral program in that geographic area through the ABA national directory or LRSconnect.org.