The Houston Bar Association and related organizations are offering legal resources and services to address the needs of those affected byWinter Storm Uri. Available are pro bono legal services, dispute resolution, and qualified legal counsel.
“The winter freeze provided yet another challenge to Houstonians,” HBA President Bill Kroger said in a press release. “Houstonians, however, never lose hope. We come together during such times. The HBA has mobilized resources—written materials and lawyers—to provide those in need with legal advice and help. We hope you find them helpful as we move forward together.”
Houston Bar Association
People can find resources and disaster relief information on hba.org/recovery. Additionally, lawyers are available by phone the first and third Wednesday of each month to those who have signed up for LegalLine.
Houston Volunteer Lawyers
HVL offers pro bono legal services for eligible low-income residents of Harris County. Among the storm-related legal issues covered: landlord/tenant issues, including broken pipes, mold, and flooded premises; FEMA claims appeals—the deadline to apply for FEMA assistance in Harris County is April 12; and contractor disputes involving home repairs and scams. Go to makejusticehappen.org or call 713-228-0735 for more information.
Harris County Dispute Resolution Center
The DRC offers free mediation services for Harris County residents. Winter storm-related issues covered include landlord/tenant issues and consumer/merchant issues. Mediation can be provided before a lawsuit is filed. Go to drchouston.org or call 713-274-7100 for more information.
Houston Lawyer Referral Service
The HLRS has qualified pre-screened attorneys for hire at reasonable rates to assist with legal issues related to the recent winter storm. Those include consumer issues involving contractors and utilities; landlord/tenant issues regarding timely repairs, illegal evictions, and security deposit withholding; and insurance issues such as denial of coverage sustained from freezing temperatures. Go to hlrs.org or call 713-237-9429 for more information.
For additional information from the Houston Bar Association, go to hba.org or call 713-759-1133.