Texas RioGrande Legal Aid is offering free legal assistance to low-income residents affected by the intense weather. During the clean-up process, residents can encounter a variety of legal issues including denials of insurance claims, problems with a landlord or mortgage company, and price gouging. Residents may also need legal assistance to replace copies of important legal documents or as they try to obtain disaster-related unemployment or public benefits such as food stamps, Medicaid, and Social Security.
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Disaster Assistance Hotline
The Austin Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association of Austin, Austin Black Lawyers Association, Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid are joining together to offer free legal advice to those affected by the recent flooding in the Dove Springs area. The following in-person temporary legal clinics will be staffed with attorneys to answer basic legal questions:
- Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Dr., Monday through Thursday, 1:30 to 6:00 p.m.
- Mendez Middle School, 5106 Village Square, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
TRLA works with Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas to offer free weekly legal clinics on Monday and Wednesday evenings, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The clinics do not accept any criminal or immigration matters. Applicants who sign in before 7:00 pm will be seen that evening. Spanish language interpreters are available. A sign language interpreter is available on the 1st Monday clinic of each month. Childcare is also available on a limited space basis. Clinics are closed during the Austin Independent School District breaks and some federal holidays. Applicants are encouraged to call TRLA at (512) 374-2700 to confirm the clinic is open.
Martin Junior High School — 1601 Haskell St.
Webb Middle School — 601 E St. Johns Avenue
Many of these legal resources were created in response to previous disasters faced by Texas communities. Some of the information is specific to those disasters, but much of the information gives a broad overview of legal rights in the aftermath of any disaster. These resources should not be considered a substitute for the advice and assistance of a licensed attorney.
Texas Law Help: Disaster Relief
Texas Law Help: Avoid Being Taken Advantage of After the Storm
State Bar of Texas: Disaster Relief Resources
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid: Employment Rights & Remedies
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid: Rights and Remedies as a Renter
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid: Homeowner Rights
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid: Insurance Questions