Austin Free Legal Aid

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

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

Monday’s evening clinic is at Martin Middle School, 1601 Haskell Street, Austin, Texas 78702.

Wednesday’s advice clinic is at Webb Middle School, 601 East St. Johns Street, Austin, TX 78752.

1st Tuesday of every month is at the Bastrop Public Library, 1100 Church St., Bastrop, TX 78602

2nd Tuesday of every month is at the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, 211 Lee St., San Marcos, TX 78666

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

Address: 4920 N. I-35 · Austin , TX 78751
Phone: 512-374-2700
Fax: 512-447-3940
Toll Free: 800-369-9270
Counties Served: Bastrop · Blanco · Burnet · Caldwell · Hays · Llano · Mason · Travis · Williamson ·

Travis County Domestic Relations Office
(512) 854-9696
1010 Lavaca
Austin, TX 78701

Austin/Travis County Family Violence Protection Team
(512) 974-8535

Women's Advocacy Project, Inc.
(512) 476-5377
PO Box 833
Austin, TX 78767
Family, Criminal and Divorce

Lonestar Fatherhood Initiative
(512) 472-3237
807 Brazos St.
Austin, TX 78701

(512) 927-9616
PO Box 19454
Austin, TX 78760
Family and Domestic Violence

Texas Advocacy Project
(512) 476-5377
PO Box 833
Austin, TX 78767
Family and Domestic Violence

olunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
(512) 447-7707
700 Lavaca St, Ste 603
Austin, TX 78701
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
(512) 476-5550
816 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Family, Bankruptcy, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning

Lawyer Referral Service: LegalLine – Free Legal Advice Hotline
Call 512-472-8303 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month for LegalLine, the free legal advice hotline that answers legal questions over the telephone. Sponsored by the Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas, LegalLine is staffed by attorney volunteers who answer legal questions and give brief legal advice.

Volunteer Legal Services: Free Legal Clinics
VLS holds free general legal advice and intake clinics on Monday and Wednesday evenings at local middle schools. and also offers specialty advice clinics for specific legal topics such as special education and HIV/AIDS. Attorneys, interpreters, and others volunteer their time at these clinics to give brief advice to people with civil legal problems. Many attendees are then referred to VLS for further legal assistance, depending on the merits of their case and income eligibility.

Austin Legal Clinic East Drop-in (no calls) Monday evenings 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.,
Martin Junior High, 1601 Haskell (Corner of Comal and Haskell).
Austin Legal Clinic North Drop-in (no calls) Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.,
Webb Middle School, 601 E. St. John’s Ave., Austin.
Call Texas RioGrande Legal Aid at 512-374-2700 if you have questions regarding these clinics.

Texas Advocacy Project
Texas Advocacy Project is a nonprofit organization working directly with victims, shelters, law enforcement agencies, and courts across Texas to deliver effective legal services to Texans in need. Texas Advocacy Project provides free legal services statewide to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. They offer free legal advice hotlines for victims and several programs that protect victims from their abusers.

Austin Bar Association: Veterans Free Legal Advice Clinic
The next clinic will be Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
The Austin Bar Association organizes a free legal advice clinic once a month at the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic (new facility), 7901 Metropolis Drive, Austin, Texas 78741, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., for all U.S. Veterans.

There is no appointment necessary; please sign-in by 3:30 p.m. Sign-in starts at 1:00 p.m. Attorney volunteers will provide brief, legal advice (15-20 minutes). Please bring any paperwork that is relevant to your case. If you are seeking veteran’s benefits or a discharge upgrade, please bring a copy of your DD214 and any evidence related to your claim.

Capital Area Agency on Aging
888-622-9111 or 512-916-6062 (Austin) Provides persons over age 60 with abuse/neglect referral, legal awareness education, health care information, long-term care insurance information, public benefits counseling/information, and ombudsman services. Also provides assistance with filling out forms, individual advocacy, individualized advice, public interest advocacy, self-help materials, and referrals to other agencies.

Lemon Law Austin

Fair Housing Project, Austin Tenants' Council

Filing for Disability Benefits in Austin