Last updated: September 30, 2013
Do you have a legal issue, but cannot afford to hire an attorney? There are many options for free or low-cost legal services for residents of Bexar County. The main ways are through non-profit legal assistance programs such as the Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc, the third largest legal services provider in the nation and the largest in the state of Texas, or other pro bono groups including law school clinics. There may be income limits that apply for individuals to qualify for free help. Contact the specific agency to learn more. Below is a list of several organizations available to help you.
Area of Law: Domestic Violence & Family law, Economic & Social Justice, Housing, Individual Rights, Labor, Public Benefits, and more.
Good to Know: This office has several location within San Antonio that provide free legal services to low-income residents, particularly migrant and seasonal farm workers; and victims of domestic violence.
Areas of Law: HIV/AIDS advocacy
Good to Know: This agency provides referrals to persons with HIV/AIDS seeking general civil legal services including advocacy, wills, guardianships, directives and powers of attorney.
Areas of Law: Consumer, Neighbor Complaints, Child Visitation, Money Owed, Landlord & Tenant issues, Auto Repair problems, Property Damage, Animal Nuisance, Workplace issues, more.
Good to Know: The office provides free mediation and referral services for many civil conflicts involving a person, organization, or business in Bexar Count to low- income individuals.
Areas of Law: Elder Law, Guardianship
Good to Know: The office provides legal guardianship protection, including less restrictive alternatives such as financial, medical and living wills, for those who lack mental capacity due to age, illness, or disability and who are at risk of abuse, neglect, exploitation, offers powers of attorney for those with sound mental capacity.
Areas of Law: Disability Rights
Good to Know: This office handles disability-related issues including access and discrimination.
Areas of Law: Immigration, Labor Law, Workers Rights
Good to Know: The Equal Justice Center provides free legal services regardless of immigration status.
Areas of Law: Domestic Violence, Family Law, and Sexual Assault
Good to Know: This office provides free legal assistance to income-eligible victims of domestic violence; offers emergency shelter and community based intervention and prevention services. If you need immediate assistance, please call your local police department or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
Areas of Law: Domestic Violence, Immigration Law, Juvenile Detention
Good to Know: This office provides immigration-related legal services for asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, immigration detainees, and victims of domestic violence, crime and human trafficking. They also provide legal counseling for minors detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at shelters in the South Texas area.
Areas of Law: Civil Justice, Criminal Justice, and Immigration and Human Rights
Good to Know: The Law School provides services through its legal clinics. Services are limited. Call to learn more.