Free Family Law Clinics Deep in the Heart of Texas
AUSTIN, TEXAS, February 2019—Texas Legal Services Center is proud to announce that we've launched monthly legal aid clinics in eighteen locations across the state. By measuring distances from established legal aid providers, we identified eighteen 'legal aid deserts' in which to host the clinics.
The clinics' host locations range from public libraries to community centers to school campuses. And it takes a village to make these clinics successful—we're incredibly indebted to the district clerks, local advocates, and hosts that act as our 'boots on the ground' in their respective communities.
How the clinics work: Our attorneys meet with clients over private video chat. During these 30-minute appointments, we can answer questions about family law which includes divorce, child custody, visitation rights, paternity, and name changes. Besides answering questions on the topics mentioned, we provide legal advice, review clients' court orders, review documents to check for accuracy, and help draft pleadings depending on the complexity of the case.
"With these clinics, there is—and will always be—a heavy emphasis on respecting our clients' time," explains Lena Martinez-Wolfinger, Managing Attorney of the Family Law Clinics at Texas Legal Services Center. "Clients can sign up for appointment times online—that way there's minimal waiting around to meet with the attorney. Clients can get in, get out, and get on with their busy days."
If you're interested in attending a clinic, we recommend first registering online at tlsc.org/familylawclinics.
Texas Legal Services Center is a nonprofit funded by multiple grants that determine who we're able to help. For the family law clinics, our clients must be at or below 125% of the federal poverty level—which roughly translates to a monthly household income of $1,302 for a single adult or $1,762 for two adults. "That can be a confusing metric, so even if you think you may qualify, we encourage you to visit our site and register" urges Lena Martinez-Wolfinger. "Once you've registered, our team will check your eligibility. If we find that you're ineligible, we'll reach out and let you know. But even if you're ineligible for this specific program, we may be able to point you to resources or another organization that can help."
Anderson Co: Palestine Public Library in Palestine, TX
Childress Co: Childress Public Library in Childress, TX
Erath Co: Cross Timbers Family Services in Stephenville, TX
Frio Co: Pearsall Public Library in Pearsall, TX
Gaines Co: Gaines County Library in Seminole, TX
Hardin Co: Kountze Public Library in Kountze, TX
Hood Co: Mission Granbury in Granbury, TX
Jim Wells Co: Community Action Corporation of South Texas in Alice, TX
Kerr Co: Doyle School Community Center in Kerrville, TX
Llano Co: Llano County Library in Llano, TX
Ochiltree Co: Perryton Memorial Library in Perryton, TX
Pecos Co: Fort Stockton Public Libary in Fort Stockton, TX
Reeves Co: Reeves County Library in Pecos, TX
Titus Co: Mount Pleasant Public Library in Mount Pleasant, TX
Uvalde Co: El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde, TX
Washington Co: Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library in Brenham, TX
Wharton Co: El Campo Branch (Wharton County Libary) in El Campo, TX
Young Co: North Central Texas College in Graham, TX
About Texas Legal Services Center
Texas Legal Services Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve the underserved by making civil justice accessible to every Texan, no matter their ability to earn. Through advice, referrals, counseling, representation, and advocacy—the organization helps Texans navigate the complexities of the civil justice system.
Meghan Lee, Communications
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