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Community Legal Resources

American Civil Liberties Union of North Texas

Purpose: Accepts referrals from Dallas Civil Liberties Union and other community agencies of cases involving First Amendment rights and various other constitutional issues. (214) 939-8089

Catholic Charities Immigration and Legal Services

Purpose: Provides Immigration and Legal Services provides low-cost (and in some cases, no-cost) legal counseling and representation for individuals who are unable to afford private lawyers for their immigration matters. ILS is a Recognized Organization, authorized by the U.S. Department of Justice to help immigrants with their immigration legal needs. (214) 634-7182
ILS represents immigrants in the following types of cases:
• Family petitions
• Citizenship
• Abused immigrant women
• Immigrant victims of crime
• Refugee and asylee adjustment of status
• Deportation and Removal

Center for Nonprofit Management

Purpose: to build a stronger community by increasing the performance and impact of nonprofit organizations. E-mail (214) 826-3470

Child Support Enforcement Division

Purpose: Provides referrals to appropriate office. This Texas Attorney General’s office obtains and enforces orders for the payment of child support. 1-800-252-8014

Dallas Bar Association LegalLine

Purpose: Answers simple legal questions on the phone every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Click here to register for an attorney to call you.

Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program

Purpose: In addition to sponsoring the Pro Se Family Law Clinic, Debt Counseling Clinic, Legal Clinic for the Elderly, Mental Health Law Clinic, and Wills Clinic, the Dallas Volunteer Attorney program provides telephone referral of low-income individuals to volunteer attorneys who provide free legal services. Applicants must be Dallas County residents. Training, support and malpractice insurance are offered to participating attorneys. (214) 742-5768

Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program—Neighborhood Legal Clinics

Purpose: Conducts evening clinics and provides legal representation for low-income applicants with problems in civil law matters, including family, bankruptcy, housing, consumer, employment termination and wage claims, guardianships, wills, and small estates. Clinics are held at the Martin Luther King Center—South Dallas; Grace United Methodist Church -- East Dallas; Marillac Social Center—West Dallas; and the Garland Legal Clinic (Salvation Army). (214) 742-5768

Disability Rights Texas

Purpose: Provides referrals to programs to persons with disabilities and assists in training persons in self-advocacy and accessing services from state agencies. (214) 630-0916

Legal Hospice of Texas

Purpose: Legal Hospice of Texas provides free legal assistance to residents of Dallas, Collin, Denton, Henderson, Hunt, Rockwall, Kaufman, Ellis, Cooke, Navarro, Grayson, Hood, Parker, Johnson, Tarrant and Fannin counties who cannot afford an attorney, are terminally ill or HIV positive, and have a legal issue related to or impacted by their qualifying diagnosis. E-mail (214) 521-6622

Dispute Mediation Services, Inc.

Purpose: Affordable conflict resolution assistance is offered in a wide range of disputes. Trained mediators assist parties in finding mutually agreeable solutions. Fees range from $100 to $200 per party for information please call (214) 754-0022.

The Family Place

Purpose: Counseling and shelter for battered women and their children. The 24-hour hotline provides advice on family violence. Counseling is available for women and children and perpetrators. (214) 559-2170

Fathers for Equal Rights Inc.

Purpose: Fathers For Equal Rights is a 30 year old organization helping fathers, families and children of Dallas. They have 14 attorneys who hold individual sessions for members in our offices every day. There is also a general information meeting held every Thursday night (except holidays) at 7:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Service is provided without regard to gender. (214) 953-2233

Housing Crisis Center

Purpose: Conducts legal clinics for persons with rental and landlord/tenant problems. Seeks to assist individuals threatened with eviction and other cases in the Justice of the Peace and County Courts. (214) 828-4244

Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc.

Purpose: Provides legal representation and social services free of charge to those who have fled persecution and arrived in Dallas, Texas with nothing. (214) 855-0520

Law Library
Lawyer Referral Service

Purpose: This service of the Dallas Bar Association makes referrals to attorneys on various types of legal matters on a fee basis. The initial half-hour consultation cost $20. (214) 220-7444

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas

Purpose: Provides free legal services to low-income persons in a variety of fields, principally public entitlements, landlord/tenant disputes, consumer and employment matters and family law. Clinics are held at the main office on a weekly basis. (214) 748-1234

Mosaic Family Services 

Purpose: To provide legal services in the areas of immigration and family law to immigrant and refugee victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. (214) 821-5393

Office of Welcoming Communities & Immigrant Affairs

Purpose:  Established in March of 2017, the Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs is creating a multi-faceted program, Welcoming Plan, to promote the successful inclusion of immigrants into the social and economic fabric of the Dallas community. Immigrants play a crucial role in the vitality of our city - 42% of Dallas households speak a language other than English, and 25.2% of the labor force in the Dallas metro area are immigrants. Dallas WCIA aspires to be a bridge connecting Dallas' diverse immigrant community with existing Dallas residents so that common ground and shared leadership can be realized. (214) 671-5087

Protective Orders Division

Purpose: This division of the Dallas County District Attorney's office obtains protective orders in family violence and child abuse cases. (214) 653-3258

SMU Civil Legal Clinic

Purpose: Holds clinics which assist low-income Dallas County residents with legal matters involving consumer fraud, landlord/tenant disputes, civil rights, and nursing home disputes. (214) 768-2562

SMU Criminal Justice Legal Clinic

Purpose: Holds daytime clinics which assist low-income Dallas County residents in need of help with criminal prosecution of misdemeanor cases. No fraud cases are handled. (214) 768-2562

SMU Tax Clinic

Purpose: Handles tax-related cases for low-income Dallas County residents in the areas of audits, liens, negotiated settlements and collection plans. (214) 768-2562

Purpose: This website was created to help people who have to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. It offers free publications you can read to learn about a specific area of the law, and forms you can use to help represent yourself in court.

Women’s Advocacy Project

Purpose: Maintains a statewide toll-free hotline for women with legal problems relating to family violence or abuse. (512) 476-1866

Women’s Resource Center of the YMCA

Purpose: Conducts bi-monthly evening clinics providing, on a fee basis, consultation services for persons with non-criminal legal problems involving family law, bankruptcy, etc. (214) 521-9595