Our Work

Affordable Legal Services

The core of ACLC’s mission is to make legal services radically more affordable. We charge sliding-scale fees based on our clients' income, below what most other attorneys charge.

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Types of cases we handle.

Family law

Divorce, child support, child custody, adoption, name change, protective orders.

Criminal defense

Misdemeanors, felonies, tickets, probation revocation, parole revocation.

Wills and Estate Planning

Wills, medical and durable powers-of-attorney.

Probate

Establishing the administration of the estate in probate court so that property may be transferred to heirs.​

Landlord-Tenant

Security deposits; repairs that affecting health and safety; disability accommodation; eviction.

Special Education

Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee process; mediation;  due process complaints; Texas Education Agency complaints.

Parole Applications

When an inmate held in Texas prison is eligible for parole, the decision to grant or deny parole is made by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. A "parole packet" is information an inmate or their families may submit to the Board to encourage the Board to grant parole.

Other Civil Litigation

You may have been sued or need to sue someone for a reason not listed above. 

Save more as a Friend of ACLC

The Friends of ACLC is a group of $10/month sustaining donors who help us do more work for our poorest clients. But we also offer Friends (and people they refer to us) special low prices for the following services:

  • Basic Will Package ($250 flat fee)

  • Jail release in Travis County ($200 flat fee)

  • Eviction defense in Travis County ($200 flat fee)

  • Traffic citations in Austin/Travis County ($150 flat fee)

  • Fixing your credit report ($100 flat fee)

 

Become a Friend now.

Fighting for Justice

We seek solutions for systemic injustice.

We file impact litigation to challenge government and corporate policies that hurt our client community, such as police abuse (seen in the photos above), the First Amendment, the Fair Housing Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

These cases are expensive. ACLC is able to file them thanks to the help of donors. Your support helps us do more.

We also work to reform government policy. For instance, in 2017-18, we worked with community groups to push the City of Austin for improved oversight and accountability for police misconduct.


We were ultimately successful.

Community Investment

We bring help to places people need it.

 

We invest in the community through legal seminars,  clinics, and other education.

We have organized dozens of volunteer attorneys to join legal clinics for parents at Austin schools, and improved families’ security by executing powers of attorney, advanced designations of guardianship, authorization for nonparent adult caregivers, and wills.

Most low-income families don’t have these important resources in place, and there are few resources to help satisfy the need. The legal clinic model organizers volunteers to offer thousands of dollars in value to each family served.