Who We Are
Houston Volunteer Lawyers is the pro bono legal aid arm of the Houston Bar Association. Founded in 1981, we help thousands of people each year with their most pressing legal needs, such as child custody, landlord/tenant, guardianship, and probate.
We are here because (unlike the criminal system) you have no right to an attorney if you cannot afford one to save your home or keep custody of your child. We fill this gap in the civil justice system by connecting eligible clients with private attorneys who volunteer their time.
Each year, we receive over 30,000 calls for help, and volunteer attorneys collectively donate over $5 million in free legal services.
To learn how you can apply, click "How to Get Help" at the top of the page.
We Help With
Tax Disputes with the IRS
We do not accept criminal, traffic, immigration, or fee-generating cases.
February 26, 2021
February 23, 2021
February 17, 2021
June 26, 2020
June 23, 2020
You've taught our staff so much over the years. Thank you for everything, Veronica!1 day ago
Veronica Jacobs, HVL's Director of Advocacy and Community Services announces departure from HVL. Veronica has dedic… https://t.co/s9yqGOw0G71 day ago
Thank you to our April volunteers! https://t.co/pvPodLktyZ6 days ago
❗ Our drive-through event that was scheduled for tomorrow, May 1st, has been cancelled due to weather. ❗ https://t.co/HepREDwXiX2 weeks ago
Got a direct message pretending to be from #IRS? Beware of impostors lurking on social media: Be sure to follow the… https://t.co/wM6bDGNLAD3 weeks ago