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How to apply for legal services

Please call Lone Star Legal Aid at 409-835-4971 to apply for services during scheduled intake hours.

Telephone intake is scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 am -10:00 am for family law issues and 9:00 am – 11:00 for other civil issues. 

The Pro Bono Program does not employ staff attorneys and cannot give legal advice of any kind.  We rely on local attorneys who donate their time and expertise to those in need.

The processing time between the intake of the application and an initial contact with an attorney is approximately four to six weeks, but may be longer depending on the demand. 

We do not handle criminal cases, accident claims, personal


injury, wrongful death or other fee generating types of cases.

 

TYPES OF CASES HANDLED

Family Law: divorce, custody, adoption, name change, guardianship

Welfare & Income Assistance: food stamps, social security, veterans’ benefits,

Employment: wage claims, unlawful termination

Health Care: Medicaid, Medicare, nursing home issues

Consumer: debt collection abuse, bankruptcy, deceptive trade practices

Housing: eviction, landlord issues

Neighborhood Issues

Public Education

Miscellaneous: estate planning, Emergency end of life planning

License Issues

Expungement

 

Who is Eligible?

Applicants must be at or below the poverty guidelines set by the federal government.  

REFERENCE CHART – 125% FEDERAL POVERTY GUIDLEINES

Household Size      Annual Income     Monthly     Weekly


     1                                          $14,713                 $1,226                  $283

     2                                          $19,913                 $1,659                  $383

     3                                          $22,113                 $2,093                  $483

    4                                           $30,313                 $2,526                  $583

    5                                           $35,513                 $2,959                  $683

    6                                           $40,713                 $3,393                  $783

    7                                           $45,913                 $3,826                  $883

    8                                           $51,113                 $4259                   $983

For each additional member of household in excess of 8 add:

                                 $5,200                    $433                     $100

Applicants must be a resident of Hardin, Jefferson, Liberty or Orange Counties. 

Applicants must be a United States citizen or a properly documented non-citizen.

Applications are screened for financial eligibility and other requirements by Lone Star Legal Aid, which makes the final determination of eligibility for the program.

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