Texas Veterans Legal Assistance Project
The Texas Veterans Legal Assistance Project is a statewide project dedicated to providing legal assistance at no charge to low-income veterans, their spouses, their dependents, and surviving spouses of deceased veterans.
We welcome most civil (non-criminal) legal questions, including those that relate to military benefits, federal/state public benefits, disability benefits, employment, and bankruptcy. We also provide consumer protection from creditors and creditor abuses such as predatory lending, deceptive trade practices, and debt collection violation.
You must be a Texas resident, a veteran, spouse, surviving spouse or a dependent (must be a minor child or an adult disabled child living with parents) of a Texas Veteran, and have a household income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.
If you are unsure, contact us and we will help you figure out if you're eligible. And even if you're not eligible for this particular program, we can refer you to other organizations that may be able to help.
How It Works
You can call us at 1-800-622-2520, select option 2.
Due to our heavy call volume, you may receive our voicemail. Please leave your name, phone number (including area code), address, and a brief description of your problem. You may leave more than one phone number. An intake specialist will return your call as quickly as possible.
You can also fill out the form below and an intake specialist will review your information and contact you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are your offices? Can we walk in for assistance?
We are based in Austin, but we serve the entire state by telephone only. We do not provide in-person, walk-in assistance.
Is there a charge for your services?
There is no charge for our service, though we do have eligibility requirements.
Can an attorney answer questions about my divorce, guardianship, custody case, will, bankruptcy, etc.?
Yes. We assist Texas Veterans on these and other issues every day.
Can you answer questions about my military discharge and assist with an upgrade?
Yes. Veterans who received a discharge from military service that was not categorized as Honorable frequently have questions about the type of discharge they received.
Can you answer questions involving veteran benefits, such as service-connected disability, non-service-connected pension, aid, attendance, or survivor’s benefits?
Yes. Many of the Veterans we assist are dealing with Veteran Administration-related matters in which input from an attorney is beneficial.
Can your project refer me to a reduced-fee attorney in my area?
Perhaps. In some areas of Texas, we have agreements with private attorneys to handle cases referred by Texas Legal Services Center at a reduced fee.
Can your attorneys handle my criminal case?
No. Our funding sources specifically prohibit us from handling criminal cases.
How long before I can speak with an attorney?
After you call or contact us, you will go through an interview process with an intake specialist to determine if you are eligible to receive our assistance.
If you are eligible for legal assistance you can expect to be contacted by an attorney within 5 to 10 business days after you speak with the intake specialist.
I have been discriminated against as a disabled vet. Can you help with this?