Practice Areas

Houston Volunteer Lawyers assists those who cannot afford legal representation in civil legal matters by connecting those in need of legal assistance with volunteer lawyers.  Below is a list of the most frequent areas of law and types of matters where your help is needed. All cases that are ready for a volunteer attorney can be found in the HVL Pro Bono Portal. To access the Portal and take a case, you must Register first. If you are already registered, click here to view what is available and take a case. There is one waiting for you!

Family Law

  • Divorce
  • Custody, Visitation
  • Support


  • Landlord, Tenant
  • Homeownership
  • Real Estate Property (not Foreclosure)

Federal Taxes

  • Collection matters including Offer in Compromise
  • Audits and Examination
  • U.S. Tax Court Litigation
The LITC clinic does not generally provide tax return preparation.


  • Guardianship of a disabled child
    turning 18
  • Alternatives to Guardianship

Estate Planning

  • Wills
  • Transfer on Death Deed
  • Other Estate Planning Documents


  • Estate Adminsistration
  • Intestate Succession

Consumer Law

  • Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA)
  • Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)
  • Texas Debt Collection Act (TDCA)


  • Discharge Upgrade
  • Disability Compensation
  • VA Pension
  • Death Benefits

Criminal Expunctions and Non-Disclosures

  • Arrests, Dismissals, and Pre-Trial Diversion Programs
  • Deferred Adjudications
  • Misdemeanor Convictions
  • Juvenile Records

HVL Pro Bono Portal

The HVL Pro Bono Portal allows you to see a list of HVL’s waiting cases, as well as sort and filter them by law type, client profile, language, and more. You can also download case documents, and access resources such as mentor contact information, forms, and CLE materials.