Free Legal Help

The Houston Bar Foundation is celebrating 25 years of holding free legal advice clinics for people who can't afford to hire a lawyer. This year's anniversary event -- Saturday -- will feature free clinics -- ten in all -- in every part of town, as Houston Public Radio's Jim Bell reports.

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The free clinics are sponsored by the Houston Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Houston Bar Association.  Foundation board member Stewart Gagnon says more than 350 attorneys , and law students and support staff have volunteered to staff the clinics, and the problems they get run the gamut of civil law.

"Divorce, custody, child support, visitation, those type of things. Other areas include landlord-tenant, you know, do I have to pay my rent, can I get my deposit back, some probate and estate planning issues, powers of attorneys." 

Gagnon says they've seen an increase in people with immigration problems in recent years, especially on the east end, and on the southwest side.

"We have a need for Vietnamese-speaking volunteers and we usually have several immigration questions out there, and there are a couple of clinics that have a high number of Spanish speaking clients that come, and they will have a good number of immigration questions too."

The legal advice is free, and people who meet income eligibility requirements may qualify for free legal assistance in resolving their problem. The clinics are open Saturday from 9am till 12:30pm, and you can find a list of the ten locations on our website KUHF dot org.  Jim Bell, Houston Public Radio News.