Hiring an Attorney

Finding an Attorney



  • Stateside Legal – Legal help for military members, veterans, and their families.
  • Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans – Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans is a State Bar of Texas program to develop and assist pro bono legal clinics throughout the state for military veterans who otherwise cannot afford or do not have access to the legal services they need.

Questions to ask an Attorney

Before you hire a family law attorney, take the time to interview several attorneys. Write down your questions before you contact them so you can compare their answers later. Hiring an attorney is an important step that creates an attorney-client relationship. Here are some suggested questions:

  • Do you specialize in family law? What is your goal when working with families? Will you help me win my case without harming the co-parenting or parent-child relationship?
  • How many family cases have you handled? Over how many years?
  • What is your track record in mediation and in court?
  • What types of cases do you usually take on, and what types of cases do you think are priorities?
  • Do you see my case as particularly unique, and — specifically — what expertise can you bring to my case?
  • Do you truly have the time to take on my case at this point and give it your full attention?
  • Will you update me about my case—weekly or monthly, and will I be charged every time?
  • How can I contact you when I have questions or concerns, and what is your preferred method of communication (phone, e-mail, fax, or text)?
  • Do you encourage mediation when possible?
  • What percentage of your cases have you settled out of court, and what percentage have gone on to trial?
  • Can you estimate the total cost upfront? If I settle in mediation, what will it cost versus going to trial?
  • What factors could potentially influence that estimation?
  • What do you expect of me, as the client?
  • What can I expect from you as my lawyer?

Questions to ask an Attorney if you are in the Military

  • How many cases have you done with military family care plans and temporary possession orders for military members?
  • How many military family law cases have you handled that involve one or more states or other countries?

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East Texas (Houston, Waco, Bryan, and surrounding areas)

Lone Star Legal Aid, Inc.

  • Location 1
    414 East Pillar Street
    Nacogdoches, TX 75961
  • Location 2
    1415 Fannin #300
    Houston, TX 77002
  • Phone:  1-800-733-8394
  • www.lonestarlegal.org

Central and South Texas (Austin, San Antonio, and the Rio Grande Valley from El Paso to Brownsville)

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.
300 South Texas
Weslaco, TX 78596
1-(888) 988-9996

North and West Texas (Dallas, Amarillo, Lubbock, and surrounding areas)

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, Inc.

Lawyer Referral Resources

State of Texas
State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral
Phone: 1 (800)-252-9690
Online: Online Attorney Referral

Austin, Texas
Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas,
founded by the Austin Bar Association
Phone: 1-(512) 472-8303
Online: Austin Lawyer Referral Service

Dallas, Texas
Dallas Bar Association Lawyer Referral
Phone: 1-(214) 220-7444
Online: Lawyer Referral Service

Houston, Texas
Houston Lawyer Referral Service
Phone: 1-(800) 289-4577
Online: Houston Lawyer Referral Service

San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio Bar Association Lawyer Referral
Phone: 1-(210) 227-1853
Online: Lawyer Referral Service