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Legal Assistance and Services in Dallas

General Legal Services:

Texaslawhelp.org

texaslawhelp.org

Texas Legal Services Center (TLSC) hosts a website for all Texans, which features valuable self-help legal information and forms, a directory of Texas courts, and a live chat service that allows users to obtain legal information from licensed attorneys.

Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP)

                                   (214) 748-1234                                         

1515 Main St., Dallas, 75201

dallasvolunteerattorneyprogram.com

Provides free civil legal services to low-income persons in Dallas County. Volunteers provide advice and full representation in a variety of cases, including family, housing, landlord-tenant, real property, consumer, wills, expunctions, non-disclosures, probate, and more. Individuals requiring legal assistance can apply at one of the locations listed below.

DVAP Legal Clinics:

South Dallas - Martin Luther King Jr. Center

                     Core Services Building Room #122                    

2922 Martin Luther King Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215

1st, 2nd, and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 5:00pm

Triangle Neighborhood Clinic

St. Philip’s Community Center

1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Dallas, TX 75215

3rd Tuesday of each month at 5:00pm

(closed June - August)

East Dallas - Grace United Methodist Church

4105 Junius at Haskell, Dallas, TX 75246

1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 5:00pm

West Dallas Multipurpose Center

Senior Citizens Building

2828 Fish Trap Road, Dallas, TX 75212

2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 5:00pm

Downtown Dallas - Legal Aid of Northwest Texas

1515 Main St., Dallas, TX 75201

Call (214) 243-2200 for an appointment

Garland - Salvation Army

451 W. Avenue D, Garland, TX 75040

3rd Thursday of each month at 5:00pm

Friendship West Baptist Church

2020 West Wheatland Rd., Dallas, TX 75232

3rd Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm

Veterans Legal Clinics (For Veterans & Family)

Veterans Resource Center

4900 S. Lancaster Rd., Dallas, TX 75216

1st Friday of each month at 1:30pm

Expunction and Non-Disclosure Clinic

West Dallas Multipurpose Center

2828 Fish Trap Rd., Dallas, TX 75212

3rd Tuesday of each month at 4:30pm

Divorce & Non-Parent Custody Clinic

Jubilee Park

907 Bank Street, Dallas, TX 75223

4th Wednesday of each month at 9am

Dallas Bar Association - Lawyer Referral Service

(214) 220-7444

2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201

dallaslawyerreferralservice.com

Provides referrals to experienced private lawyers by area of law for representation on a fee basis. The initial half-hour consultation costs $20.

Dallas Bar Association - Legalline

(214) 220-7476

dallasbar.org/legalline

Legalline is an anonymous telephone hotline where volunteer attorneys will answer your legal questions for free by answering phone calls between 5:30pm - 8:00pm on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Spanish-speaking attorneys may answer subject to availability.

Tarrant County Bar Association Legalline

(817) 335-1239

tarrantbar.org

The Tarrant County Bar Association offers its LegalLine on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 6pm to 8pm.

Family Legal Services:

Attorney General Visitation and Access Hotline

1-866-292-4636

(214) 741-6279

txaccess.org/access-visitation-hotline

The hotline is staffed by attorneys who provide basic legal assistance about visitation and child custody matters. The number is answered in English and Spanish, Monday - Friday from 1pm - 7pm.

Attorney General - Child Support Enforcement

texasattorneygeneral.gov

The Texas Attorney General’s Office obtains and enforces orders for the payment of child support.

Dallas East (214) 887-3100

5201 E. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Ste. 210, Dallas, TX 75223

Dallas Northwest (214) 630-8887

1250 W. Mockingbird Ln., Ste. 300, Dallas, TX 75247

Dallas Southeast (214) 887-3100

400 S. Zang Blvd., Ste. 400, Dallas, TX 75208

Dallas Southwest (214) 330-4591

4221 S. Walton Walker Blvd., Ste. 150, Dallas, TX 75236

Garland (214) 696-6044

10260 N. Central Expressway, Ste. 210, Dallas, TX 75231

Lancaster (972) 218-7678

2249 W. Beltline Rd. Lancaster, Dallas, 75146

City Square - Legal Action Works (L.A.W.) Center

(214) 827-1000

511 N. Akard St., Ste. 302, Dallas, TX 75201

citysquare.org

The Legal Action Works Center provides legal services to low-income families who could not otherwise afford legal representation to handle family crises.

 

Department of Family and Protective services

1-800-252-5400 or (214) 951-7902

txabusehotline.org

Call the DFPS abuse hotline toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to report suspicions of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children, adults with disabilities, or people who are elderly. You may also report with the secure website for a response within 24 hours.

 

Dispute Mediation Service,  Inc.

(469) 831-3994

Dispute Mediation Service provides affordable conflict resolution assistance through mediation, education, training, and referrals.

 

Texas Access to Justice Commission

(800) 204-2222 ext. 1855

texasatj.org

atjmail@texasbar.com

P.O. Box 12487, Austin, TX 78711

The Texas Access to Justice Commission is charged with developing and implementing initiatives designed to expand access to, and enhance the quality of, justice in civil legal matters for low-income Texans.

 

America Family Law Center

(214) 310-5700

americafamilylawcenter.org

America Family Law Center is devoted to helping low income families and underserved families get assistance for matters involving family law.

Fathers for Equal Rights Inc.

(214) 953-2233 Dallas Office

(817) 870-4880 Forth Worth Office

fathers4kids.com

701 Commerce Street, Ste. 302, Dallas, TX 75202

General information meeting held every Thursday night at 7pm,

open to the public, regardless of gender.

 

Legal Services of NorthWest Texas

1-888-529-5277

lanwt.org

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas provides free civil legal services to low income residents in 114 Texas counties throughout North and West Texas.

 

SMU Dedman School of Law’s Legal Clinics

(214) 768-2562

law.smu.edu/clinics

Assists low-income Dallas County residents with legal matters involving consumer fraud, family law, landlord/tenant disputes, employment discrimination, civil rights, tax, criminal law, and nursing home disputes. Bankruptcy cases are not accepted.

 

Texas A&M University School of Law Family Law & Benefits Clinic

(817) 212-4123

law.tamu.edu

307 W. 7th St., Suite LL50, Fort Worth, TX 76102

The Family Law and Benefits Clinic provides free legal assistance for low income individuals. Services are performed by law students working under the supervision of attorneys. The clinic operates from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. Evening appointments are available.

Texas KinCare Taskforce

(866) 979-4343

tlsc.org

The Texas Kincare Taskforce provides legal assistance to relative caregivers throughout Texas and will refer grandparents, aunts, uncles, and older siblings who are raising minor children (with neither parent being in the home) to appropriate resources for ongoing assistance.

 

Women’s Resource Center of the YMCA

(214) 821-5393

Bi-monthly evening consultation clinics, on a fee basis, for non-criminal legal problems such as family law, etc.

Family Law Legal Hotline - Texas Advocacy Project

1-800-777- FAIR (3247)

texasadvocacyproject.org

Maintains a statewide toll-free hotline for women with legal problems of various types, including those involving consumer law and family law.

Domestic Violence Legal Services:

Domestic Violence - National Hotline

1-800-799-7233

thehotline.org

Advocates are available 24/7 to speak confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.

 

Domestic Violence Legal Hotline - Texas Advocacy Project

1-800-374-HOPE (4673)

texasadvocacyproject.org

Maintains a statewide toll-free hotline for victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking

 

Domestic Violence - The Family Place

(214) 941-1991; 24 hour hotline

P.O. Box 7999, Dallas, TX 75209

familyplace.org

The 24-hour hotline provides advice on family violence. Counseling is available for women, children, and perpetrators.

 

Domestic Violence - Genesis Shelter

(214) 946-4357

genesisshelter.org

Genesis Shelter provides safety, shelter, and support for women who have experienced domestic violence. Help is free and confidential.

 

Domestic Violence- Protective Orders Division Dallas County District Attorney’s Office

(214) 653-3528

(214) 653-3600

dallascounty.org

600 Commerce Street, 4th floor, Dallas, TX 75202

133 N. Industrial Blvd., 10th floor, Dallas, TX 75207

This division of the Dallas County DA’s office obtains protective orders in family violence and child abuse cases.

 

Sexual Assault Hotline - Texas Advocacy Project

1-800-296-SAFE (7233)

texasadvocacyproject.org

Texas Advocacy Project provides free legal services statewide to victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

 

Advocates for Victims of Crime (AVOICE)

(888) 343-4414

tlsc.org

Advocates for Victims of Crime (AVOICE) is a Texas Legal Services Center statewide project providing free direct legal representation and referrals to victims of violent crime, and providing education about crime victim's rights. AVOICE lawyers offer legal advice, safety planning, pro se assistance, and legal representation. AVOICE also assists victims with applying for crime victim compensation claims.

Attorney General - Crime Victims Compensation

(800) 983-9933

texasattorneygeneral.gov

crimevictims@attorneygeneral.gov

If you are a victim of violent crime, you may be eligible for benefits from the Crime Victim's Compensation Fund.

Texas Advocacy Project

(512) 476-1866

texasadvocacyproject.org

Toll-free statewide hotline for women with legal problems relating to family violence or abuse.

 

The Family Place

(214) 559-2170

familyplace.org

Counseling and shelter for battered women and their children. 24-hour hotline provides advice regarding family violence.

 

Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault (LASSA)

(844) 303-SAFE (7233)

legalaidforsurvivors.org

Provides free legal advice 7 days a week for survivors of sexual assault.

 

Lawyers Against Domestic Violence - Women’s Advocacy Center

(214) 760-7830 or (214) 748-8773

1515 Main St., Dallas, TX 75201

 

Salvation Army Victims of Violence Program

(214) 424-7208

302 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75235

salvationarmydfw.org

The Salvation Army Domestic Violance Program provides immediate, safe and secure shelter. They further support victims by providing on-site services that help individuals plan for long term safety, security and stability. Call the 24/7 hotline if you or someone you know needs help.

Brighter Tomorrows

(972) 254-4003

(972) 262-8383 24-hour hotline

brightertomorrows.net

Provides legal advocacy for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, particularly with obtaining protective orders and referrals to free and sliding scale legal assistance.

SafeHaven

(877) 701-7233

safehaventc.org

Offers emergency shelter, legal services, counseling and more to domestic violence victims

Various Other Legal Resources:

Catholic Charities Immigration Counseling

(214) 520-6590

(214) 634-7182

(214) 520-6595 (fax)

9461 LBJ Freeway, Ste. 100, Dallas, TX 75243

ccdallas.org

Catholic Charities provides a comprehensive range of immigration services. The program extends family immigration counseling, deportation representation, and citizenship services to immigrants residing in North Texas. Assists and counsels individuals in the process of seeking U.S. citizenship or legal immigration status

Justice For Our Neighbors DFW

(817) 310-3820

First United Methodist Church

422 Church Street, Grapevine, TX 76051

jfondfw.org

Justice for our Neighbors Dallas-Fort Worth offers free and affordable immigration legal services and engages in advocacy with immigrants. Regular intake clinics are held on the 2nd Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each month. Please call 817-310-3820 to set an appointment.

Additional Clinic Locations:

Arapaho United Methodist Church

1400 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson, TX 75080

(972) 231-1005

Genesis United Methodist Church

7635 S. Hulen Street, Fort Worth, TX 76113

(817) 292-4551

 

Human Rights Initiative of North Texas

(214) 855-0520

2501 Oak Lawn Ave., Ste. 850, Dallas, TX 75219

hrionline.org

Provides free legal representation for people seeking asylum in the United States. HRI also provides legal representation for children who are in the United States alone (unaccompanied minors) who need immigration assistance.

Mosaic Family Services

(214) 823-4434 24-hour crisis/shelter hotline

(214-823-1911 24-hour trafficking hotline

12225 Greenville Avenue #800 Dallas, TX 75243

mosaicservices.org

The Multicultural Legal Services Department provides free family and immigration law services to survivors of human rights abuses, including human trafficking, and domestic violence. Assistance is available in a variety of languages.

 

Disability Rights Texas

1-800-252-9108

(214) 630-0916 

1420 W. Mockingbird Lane, Ste. 450, Dallas, TX 75274

disabilityrightstx.org

online intake form

Provides legal services in many areas related to mental and physical disabilities. Intake is Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 12:30pm.

 

National Veterans Legal Services Program

(202) 265-8305

PO Box 65762, Washington, DC 20035

nvlsp.org

info@nvlsp.org

The NVLSP is a nonprofit organization that works to ensure the government delivers veterans and active duty personnel the benefits to which they are entitled because of disabilities resulting from their military service.

 

American Civil Liberties Union, Dallas Chapter

(214) 346-6575

aclutx.org

The Dallas ACLU accepts cases involving civil rights as set forth in the Bill of Rights (including freedom of religion, speech, and association). The ACLU generally does not accept criminal cases or cases involving a private actor (the opposing party must be a government actor).

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

(800) 669-4000

(800) 669-6820 (TTY)

(844) 234-5122 (ASL video phone)

207 S. Houston Street, 3rd Floor, Dallas, TX 75202

eeoc.gov

As a general rule, employees, before filing a lawsuit in federal court against their employer, must file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC. The EEOC investigates the charge and may attempt to mediate employment disputes between the employer and the employee.

Equal Justice Center - Employment & Worker's Rights

1-800-853-4028

(469) 500-7088

(469) 629-5045 (fax)

1801 N. Lamar St, Suite 325, Dallas, TX 75202

equaljusticecenter.org

The equal justice center provides free legal advice regarding employment matters to low-income workers.

Workers Defense Project

(469) 657-3928 (office)

(972) 534-2800 (fax)

info@workersdefense.org

4202 S. Lancaster Rd, Dallas, TX 75216

workersdefense.org

The Workers Defense Project (WDP) empowers low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing and strategic partnerships. WDP seeks to provide low-wage workers with the resources they need to improve their working and living conditions.

Workers' Compensation Injured Employee

1-800-252-7031

tdi.texas.gov

The division of Workers' Compensation offers an injured employee hotline for employees wo have been injured on the job.

 

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund

(214) 219-8585

3500 Oak Lawn Avenue, Ste. 500, Dallas, TX 75219

lambdalegal.org

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, as well as people with HIV or AIDS.

 

Trans Pride Initiative

(214) 449-1439 or info@tpride.org

tpride.org

The Trans Pride Initiative provides a Name Change and Gender Marker Change Kit for Dallas County. The kit includes instructions and an explanation of the process for any person identifying as transgender seeking to change their name and/or gender marker on their official documents.

 

Texas Workforce Commission

1-800-832-9243

twc.state.tx.us

Hotline to report wage claims and payroll issues.

 

Texas Veterans Legal Assistance Project (VLAP)

1-800-622-2520

tlsc.org

VLAP is a statewide project to expand the availability of legal assistance to low-income Texas Veterans and their families. Must be a Texas resident, a veteran (or the spouse, dependent, or surviving spouse of a Texas veteran), and have a household income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines to gain legal assistance.

Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans - Tarrant County Chapter

(817) 546-4460

txltxv.org

Clinic offers free legal advice for U.S. veterans and spouses of deceased veterans on the third Friday of every month, by appointment only. The clinics are held at the Fort Worth VA Outpatient Clinic, 2201 SW Loop 820 or at Tarrant County College-South Campus

Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA)

1-800-526-8252

talarts.org

info@talarts.org

TALA was formed in 1979 to meet the legal and accounting needs of artists and art nonprofit organizations. Services include lawyer and accountant pro bono assistance for artists, patent pro bono assistance for inventors, dispute resolution services, and educational programs for the artistic and business communities. Programs are designed to help participants apply sound business practices to protect intellectual property, advance careers, and develop income.

Texas Board of Insurance Complaints

(800) 252-3439

tdi.texas.gov

Call the Consumer hotline between 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday for answers to general insurance questions, information about filing an insurance related complaint, or to report suspected insurance fraud.

Texas Foster Youth Justice Project

1-877-313-3688

texasfosteryouth.org

info@texasfosteryouth.org

The Texas Foster Youth Justice Project helps current and former foster youth by providing free legal advice, assistance, guidance, and representation in enforcing foster youth rights. They also assist with legal barriers to a successful transition out of foster care. Additionally, they assist those who work with foster youth, including caseworkers, attorneys ad litem, and foster parents. Their hotline is available Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.

 

Landlord/Tenant Disputes:

Housing Crisis Center (HCC)

(214) 828-4244 Housing Crisis Hotline

4210 Junius Street, Dallas, 75246

hccdallas.org

The Housing Crisis Hotline is available 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. Trained counselors lend a sympathetic ear and provide advice and information about available resources. Additionally, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 5pm, HCC hosts a free legal clinic. At the clinic, you can learn more about Texas housing laws and meet with an attorney to discuss your specific legal concerns.

 

Fair Housing Hotline

1-800-669-9777

hud.gov

Housing discrimination hotline for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

Advocates for Victims of Crime (AVOICE)

1-888-343-4414

tlsc.org/programs/avoice

They can assist with terminating a lease when a crime occurred on the property.

 

Texas Tenants’ Union

(214) 823-2733

txtenants.org

8035 East R.L. Thornton Frwy., Suite 535, Dallas TX 75228

Texas Tenants' Union offers free workshops every Wednesday night at 6:30pm. Workshops cover leases, eviction, deposits, and repairs. Afterwards, one-on-one help is available.

Probate:

South Central Pensions Rights Program (SCPRP)

1-800-443-2528

southcentralpension.org

SCPRP provides assistance to any person with a pension question or problem, regardless of age, income, or amount requested in their claim. SCPRP's service region includes Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. SCPRP serves individuals who currently live or work in the service region, or who have lived or worked in the service region while earning their pension.

Transfer on Death Deed Project

1-800-622-2520

tlsc.org

The Transfer on Death Deed project provides free legal services to low-income Texas property owners who wish to transfer their real property to heirs without the need for probate. The deed serves to unify title and to avoid the court costs associated with probate. Under current law, the deed also serves to exempt the property from Medicaid estate recovery.

Health:

Legal Hotline for Texans

1-800-622-2520

tlsc.org

The Legal Hotline for Texans serves Texans who are sixty years of age or are eligible for Medicare. Individuals can receive free self-help legal advice and referrals from a licensed attorney.

 

Texas Health Law Program

1-866-979-4343

tlsc.org

The Health Law Program provides free legal services to low-income Texans with questions regarding health care issues. It provides a range of legal assistance from basic advice and counseling to more extended services. These issues may include Affordable Care Act matters, Medicare and Medicaid matters, payment plans for healthcare bills, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Family and Medical Leave Act, private insurance, prescription drug coverage, denial of treatment, and end of life planning and advance directive matters.

 

Dallas Legal Hospice

(214) 521-6622

legalhospice.org

3626 N. Hall, Ste. 820, Dallas, TX 75219

Represents persons with AIDS and other terminal illnesses in estate planning and other various health-related legal matters.

 

Insurance-Texas Board of Insurance Complaints

1-800-252-3439

tdi.texas.gov

Hotline for various types of insurance complaints and issues.

 

Health Service Complaints

888-973-0022

dshs.texas.gov

online complaint form

For complaints regarding a state regulated health facility.

 

Medicaid

1-800-252-8263

Medicaid clients can call this hotline for information regarding their benefits.

Texas Department of Mental Health and Retardation Office of Consumer Services and Rights Protection

(800) 252-8154

P.O. Box 12668, Austin, TX 78771-2668

 

Department of Aging and Disability Services

1-855-937-2372

dads.state.tx.us

Toll free help line for older adults and disabled individuals.

Disability Rights Texas

1420 West Mockingbird Lane, Ste. 450, Dallas, TX 75247

(214) 630-0916

(866) 362-2851

disabilityrightstx.org

Provides legal services in many areas related to mental and physical disabilities.

Social Security:

National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives

1-800-431-2804

1101 Vermont Ave NW, Ste. 1001, Washington, DC 20035

nosscr.org

Provides legal representation and advocacy on behalf of individuals seeking Social Security and Supplemental Security income.

Homeless Assistance:

Austin Street Centre

(214) 428-4242

2929 Hickory Street, Dallas, TX 75224

austinstreet.org

Provides a full range of services to the DFW area homeless.

 

The Bridge

(214) 670-1101

bridgenorthtexas.org

1818 Corsicana Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Legal intake clinics for the homeless, Mon-Thurs, 9am - noon.

 

Dallas Life Foundation

(214) 421-1380

1100 Cadiz Street, Dallas, TX 75215

info@dallaslife.org

dallaslife.org

Provides shelter, food, and clothing to the community.

Domestic Violence-Genesis Shelter

(214) 946-4357 24-hour hotline

(214) 389-7700 Counseling

4411 Lemmon Ave, Suite 201, Dallas, TX 75219

genesisshelter.org

Safety and shelter to domestic violence victims and their children.

Consumer Credit & Protection

Attorney General - Consumer Protection

(800) 621-0508, Consumer Protection Hotline

Dallas Regional Office

(214) 969-7639

1412 Main Street, Ste. 810, Dallas, TX 75202

texasattorneygeneral.gov

Accepts written complaints from consumers for violations of Texas consumer laws. Consumers can use the toll free number to check whether complaints have been filed against a specific business.

Consumer Credit Commissioner

(800) 538-1579

occc.texas.gov

Consumers can call the helpline with complaints and questions about misrepresentation, fraud, deceptive practices on the part of pawn shops, regulated lenders, or creditors.

Consumer Credit Counseling of Dallas

(800) 249-2227

cccsdallas.com

Consumer Credit Counseling of Dallas provides financial and debt counseling.

Criminal

Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

dcdla.com

Directory of attorneys who practice criminal law in Dallas County.