Austin has many places you can go to if you need some free or discounted legal help.
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
Volunteer Legal Services (VLS) has been helping low-income individuals seeking legal help since 1981. They provide services such as legal advice clinics and individual representation by volunteer attorneys, and they often partner with local law firms for family law cases including divorce and child custody.
In 2011, VLS provided services to over 5,500 individuals for more than $4.9 million worth of legal help. The financial benefits toward the clients totaled over $3.6 million.
To learn more, visit www.vlsoct.org
Lone Star Legal Aid
With services in over 72 counties in Texas, including Austin County, Lone Star Legal Aid is the fourth largest provider of free legal aid in the country. The organization focuses its resources on issues pertaining to preserving housing, improving outcomes for children, assisting the disabled or elderly, and much more.
Lone Star Legal Aid employs a screening process for its clients. To find out if you apply, visit www.lonestarlegal.org
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) is the largest legal aid provider in Texas. With more than 60 counties, including Austin, in its service area, TRLA provides services in real estate, civil rights, environmental justice, and labor and employment, among others.
In order to receive services from TRLA, you must meet their qualifications. To find out if you do, visit www.trla.org