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If you are 60 years of age or older and your income is not more than 125% of the federal poverty income limit and your assets are limited, Hotline attorneys can give you free counsel and advice by phone, point you to free legal forms, or refer you to government, non-profit or other free resources that can help.

 

“Income of not more than 125% of the federal poverty limit” means, in 2018, monthly income of not more than $1,265 for a one-person household, or $1,715 for a two-person household.  For each additional household member, the monthly income limit is $450 more.    “Limited assets” means the following:  In general, an individual client may have up to $10,000 in liquid assets (plus $5,000 for each additional family member) and $15,000 in non-liquid assets (plus $5,000 for each additional family member). Exempted from the asset limit are the client’s principal residence, first car, personal and household goods, tools or equipment essential to employment, trusts restricted to educational or medical purposes, interest in IRA or Keogh plans, assets not counted by public assistance programs, and burial plots or trusts.

 

Note:  If you are a Medicare Beneficiary calling about a Medicare matter, the age requirement does not apply, and the income and asset limits do not apply.

 

If you meet the age, income, and asset criteria above, a Hotline attorney can provide counsel and advice regarding certain non-criminal law matters.  Please keep in mind that the Legal Hotline for Texans provides counsel and advice.  The Legal Hotline for Texans does not draft documents, engage in negotiations with third parties, or go to court.  The counsel and advice can concern the civil legal matters listed below.  Although the list below is not exhaustive, it is a list of matters on which callers often have needed the counsel and advice of an attorney of the Legal Hotline for Texans.

 

  • Wills
  • Advance Directives
  • Power of Attorney
  • Guardianship
  • Home Ownership and Real Property Issues
  • Private Landlord/Tenant Issues (for the tenant)
  • Divorce, Custody, Visitation
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Consumer Issues (Bankruptcy, Collection and Repossession Issues, Contracts)
  • Food stamps (SNAP), SSI, Social Security, and other Public Benefits Issues

 

Through counsel and advice the attorney of the Legal Hotline for Texans will ascertain relevant facts, exercise judgment in interpreting the particular facts presented by the client, and apply the relevant law to the facts presented.  The attorney is able to answer the legal questions asked and will counsel the client concerning his or her legal concern.  Put your mind at ease by knowing your rights.  Call the Legal Hotline for Texans or apply for our free service below.

 

Contact

Call toll-free at 1-800-622-2520, or fill out the form below.

 

We receive a heavy volume of calls. If you get our voice mail, please give your name, phone number including area code, address, a brief description of your problem, and the best time for us to call you back. You may leave more than one phone number.

 

 

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TLSC Logo. A blue and red 5 point star to the left of the words Texas Legal Services Center

TLSC Logo. A blue and red 5 point star to the left of the words Texas Legal Services Center

TLSC Logo. A blue and red 5 point star to the left of the words Texas Legal Services Center

TLSC Logo. A blue and red 5 point star to the left of the words Texas Legal Services Center