Self-Help Resources

Information for individuals exploring available options for representing themselves in legal matters. Browse the Pro Se Litigants Handbook for an extensive listing of self-help legal resources in Harris County, Texas, or click a category to find helpful links for self-represented litigants.

Information and Forms

Style of the Case - Templates provided for your convenience. Cut and paste the appropriate template for the court in which your case will be heard. Choose from District, County, County Court at Law, or Justice Court. Styles for Divorce and SAPCR cases are included. - Free legal information and sample forms for low-income Texans on a variety of common legal issues, including divorce, child custody and support, occupational driver licenses, name change, and much more. - A virtual legal advice clinic. Qualifying users post their civil legal question to the website. Users are then contacted by email when their question receives a response. Self-Help Page - Free interactive website with D.I.Y. forms for divorce (divorce petition and final decree), name change, occupational driver license, eviction, and small claims (justice court) petition.

Houston Bar Association Legal Handbooks - Free information on Texas Family Law, Elder Law, and Consumer Law available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Texas Young Lawyers Association -  Pamphlets, videos, and other materials intended for the general public, including information on guardianship, divorce, probate, CPS, elder care, and much more.

Divorce Research Guide - Guide to online and print resources for individuals who are representing themselves in a divorce or annulment.

Texas Counties Deliver - Video library includes the following topics: How Does the Texas County Court System Work?, What Does Your Texas County Clerk Do?, What's the Difference Between Your City, State and County Government?, and more. - Videos containing basic information about navigating the Texas courts system along with information and resources for finding legal assistance and preparing for court

Texas Justice Court Training Center - The TJCTC legal department offers 109 criminal and civil forms for use by judges, court personnel, constables, deputy constables, and self-represented litigants. Spanish forms are also available. - Free information and sample forms for non-custodial parents concerning access, visitation, custody, paternity, child support, modifications, and enforcements.

Texas Judicial Branch Forms - Forms and information, including Petition for Order of Nondisclosure, Supreme Court Approved Divorce Forms, and Civil Case Information Sheets.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission - Forms and information for advance medical directives, including Directive to Physicians and Family or Surrogates Form, Medical Power of Attorney Form, and Out-of-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate Form. A Statutory Durable Power of Attorney Form is also available.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Tenants’ Rights One-Pagers - Information about tenant rights and responsibilities. Check out these informative and easy to understand guides (English and Spanish) prepared by the folks at TRLA, presented by, and compiled on our blog, Ex Libris Juris.

Texas Bankruptcy on - Information and forms for Texans filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Find information on filing for free, how to prepare for court, working with a bankruptcy trustee, and more. Find links to local courts and legal aid organizations further down the page.

Harris County Constable Precinct 3 Information Sheet: Protective Order, Restraining Order, Peace Bond - Information regarding eligibility for and processes to obtain a protective order, restraining order, and peace bond with citation to relevant statutes.

Justice Court Forms - Downloadable forms for small claims cases, eviction, and criminal matters heard by Justices of the Peace. Commonly-used forms include small claims petition, civil answer, appeal bond, and more. Links on the left provide information about various types of cases in JP Courts. Find the details of your case using the Case Search page.

Legal Aid

Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program - Free legal aid for low-income residents of Harris County, Texas. Visit the HVL website or call 713-228-0732 for information on legal aid programs and upcoming legal clinics.

Lone Star Legal Aid - Legal services for low-income residents of Southeastern Texas in civil, non-criminal matters. Visit the LSLA website for information about eligibility requirements and applying for services.

Houston Bar Association LegalLine - Free legal advice over the phone (713-759-1133) for citizens of Harris County, Texas on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Beacon Law - Aid for homeless Houstonians with housing and economic legal matters. Call 713-220-9780 for appointment information.

Main Street Ministries Operation ID - Assistance with obtaining government-issued identification. Visit the website or call (281) 833-3508 for details and requirements.

Lawyer Referral Services and Bar Association Listings

Houston Lawyer Referral Service - Non-profit referral service that connects individuals in the Houston metropolitan area with experienced attorneys who practice in the area of law appropriate for the legal need. Visit the HLRS website or call 713-237-9429.

State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral & Information Services - Referrals to attorneys throughout the State of Texas. The LRIS website includes tips for saving money when hiring a lawyer and FAQs about the LRIS program.

Harris County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service - Referrals to local attorneys who specialize in a variety of practice areas. Call 713-236-8000 or visit the HCBA website to obtain a referral by email.

Katy Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service - Referrals to attorneys in the Katy and West Houston area.

Additional Resources

Fifth Circuit Houston Satellite Library - Open to the public, the Fifth Circuit Library System's Houston Satellite Library is a valuable resource for researching federal legal issues.

AALL How to Research a Legal Problem: A Guide for Non-Lawyers - Basic information about legal research and resources for non-lawyers.