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Legal troubles caused by COVID-19? These Texas lawyers are offering free help

Those who are interested and qualify can call 800-504-7030 toll-free for help wherever they live in the state.

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a cascade of issues beyond the disease itself. Many have found themselves affected by a weakened economy as many businesses close their doors and layoff or furlough workers. 

Whether you have a question about bills that may have piled up, are uncertain about insurance claims or need help with a landlord or mortgage, a group of Texas lawyers has come together to offer their legal services free-of-charge. 

The State Bar of Texas, the state’s legal aid agencies, volunteer organizations and access-to-justice organizations have created a toll-free legal assistance hotline for low-income individuals and families across Texas dealing with civil legal problems because of the pandemic. 

Those interested can call 800-504-7030 toll-free for help wherever they live in the state.

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Different kinds of legal help being offered by the group include:

  • Bankruptcy and debt-collection matters;
  • Employment issues, unemployment applications and appeals;
  • Child custody, visitation, and support issues;
  • Life, medical, and property insurance claims;
  • Mortgage or foreclosure problems;
  • Public benefits issues (e.g., Medicaid, SNAP/food stamps, Social Security);
  • Healthcare directives and powers of attorney;
  • Consumer protection issues such as price-gouging and scams;
  • Landlord-tenant problems;
  • Disability discrimination; and
  • Family and domestic violence concerns

Those who qualify will be matched with a lawyer who will assist them for free, though there are some limitations on what services they can offer. 

The Texas Legal Services Center also has a website with a live chat feature for those questions and other resources specific to COVID-19 like information on eviction and tenants rights, forced quarantines and unemployment benefits.

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The organizations that are involved in the partnership include:

More COVID-19 resources: