Last updated: October 23, 2013
For better or worse, Galveston can sometimes feel like a small town. The people are wonderful and get along. On the down side, sometimes it can be difficult to find professional services that are more common in a large city like Dallas or Houston. Still, some organizations that combine small-town friendliness and big city know-how to provide free or low-cost legal services to the Gulf Coast community.
This organization, abbreviated "LSLA," regularly takes on family law, housing, public education, government benefits, employment, and other types of cases. They serve a large community, so the organization can't guarantee that it will be able to serve everyone. The website recommends that you call the local office to schedule an appointment in Galveston. You can also call the Central Intake Unit toll free between 8:00 A.M - 12:30 A.M, Monday through Friday, for a telephone intake application at (800) 733-8394.
HLRS takes its name from the Houston metro area, but the organization serves Galveston as well. Call the telephone number and they will give you a free referral to a local attorney for a consultation at a reduced price. The referral is free, but the 30 minute inital consultation costs $20, payable to the attorney that helps you.
Galveston might just be the beginning of your search for legal assistance. If you can't find the aid you need in Galveston, consider expanding your search into Houston. It's only an hour away, and some legal service providers are able to take on clients from the Galveston area. See FindLaw's resource page for legal assistance in Houston for more details.
Catholic Charities offers a wide range of social services, and some of them include legal assistance. For example, the organization's Immigration Legal Services help individuals with obtaining citizenship and related legal issues. If you require legal aid, you may also be interested in Disaster Recovery, Veterans Assistance Program, Adoption Services and more.