The popular legal aid website texaslawhelp.org will soon get a makeover thanks to a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. The Texas Legal Services Center received funding from the TBF to hire professional Web designers to refresh the site through enhancing its search engine, improving functionality, and creating a mobile version.
Run by the center’s Self Represented Litigants Project and funded by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and State Bar of Texas, texaslawhelp.org provides free online legal information. It had 800,000 information downloads in 2014 and averages more than 1.1 million unique views every month. Many visitors are low-income Texans who are in need of resources on basic civil legal matters. The redesign will aim to make forms, assistance, and other pieces of legal information easier for users to access and navigate.
“Technology like time, does not stand still, and the website needs to be revamped to keep up with the changing way people access the Internet,” said the center’s Managing Attorney Elliott Fontenette. “For instance, in 2014 we saw a 100 percent rise in people accessing TexasLawHelp on mobile devices.”