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To lower the risks during the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas courts have changed their operations to protect the health and safety of the public.
This article provides information on involuntary commitments. This article was provided by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association.
This article contains a link that can give you some background on the civil litigation system in Texas. This video was developed by the Texas Young Lawyers Association. 
This article contains information on useful legal aid, bar association, and nonprofit organization websites you can access for information and services to help on your issues. This article was put together by TexasLawHelp staff.   
This article tells you about how to do your own legal research. It was written by the Self-Represented Litigants Project at Texas Legal Services Center. 
This article tells you about a way to make hiring a private attorney more affordable. It is called limited scope representation. This article was written by the Legal Hotline for Texans at the Texas Legal Services Center. 
This article answers common questions about mediation in Texas.  
This article tells you about personal injury claims, also known as personal injury lawsuits. If you have been injured by a doctor not doing their job correctly or in a car accident, this article may be able to help you. This article was written by the Self-Represented Litigants Project at the Texas Legal Services Center.   
This article can tell you what a pro bono lawyer is, where to find one, and how to best work with a pro bono lawyer. This article was written by the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program and TexasLawHelp Staff. 
The Texas legislature passed a bill to repeal the Driver Responsibility Program this session (H.B. 2048), and it was signed into law by the Governor in June. The bill went into effect on September 1, 2019. This document is intended to answer common questions about how the repeal works.
This article tells you how to replace important documents, including: birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, vehicle titles, manufactured home statements of ownership and location, driver's licenses, passports, green cards, social security cards, Texas benefits (Medicaid) cards...
This article explains required initial disclosures in Texas civil cases. Texas court rules require every party in a lawsuit to send certain information about their claims or defenses to the other parties at the beginning of the case. These are called initial disclosures.  
This article tells you about civil subpoenas, including what they are and what to do if you need to respond to one. This article was written for lawyers, but is reproduced here to provide as much information as possible to help you. If you recieved a subpoena it is a good idea to contact an attorney for help. 
This article discusses serving incarcerated persons in Texas with citation and documents in a family law case.  
This article tells you about service by posting. To print out both the instructions and forms, click here.   
This article tells you how to serve the other parent by publication. For the instructions and forms combined for publication in a divorce with children, click here. 
Being careful online is always important. It can be especially important if you are in an immigration proceeding.
This article explains the use of standing orders in some Texas counties. A standing order is a court order that automatically takes effect (starts) when a case is filed.  
This article tells you about statutes of limitation in Texas. A statute of limitation is a deadline, according to the law, by which lawsuits must be filed. This article was written by Texas Legal Services Center.