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.
TexasLawHelp.org - 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.
EFileTexas.gov 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.
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.
TexasCourtHelp.org - 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.
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 TexasLawHelp.org, and compiled on our blog, Ex Libris Juris.
Texas Bankruptcy on UpSolve.org - 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.
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.
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.