Download:  New Client Application for Legal Services

This application is for organizations which have not received services through Texas C-BAR before. Returning clients should complete the Returning Client form. If you are forming a new organization, review our Startup Recommendations.  Submit your application by email attachment: texascbar@trla.orgregular mail: Texas C-BAR   –   4920 N. IH 35, 2nd Floor    –   Austin, Texas  78751; or by fax: 512-447-3940   –

Questions?  Phone: 512-374-2712 or (800) 369-9270, ext. 2712.  Once you have submitted a completed application, a staff member will contact you for an intake interview.

Types of Legal Assistance Available
Almost any legal matter that does not involve litigation, for example:

  • Drafting certificates of formation and bylaws
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts
  • Advice about government regulations
  • Preparing real estate documents
  • Reviewing loan documents
  • Drafting employment manuals
  • Applying for tax exempt status
  • Advice on corporate governance
  • Copyright and trademark issues, and other matters.

On-Line Resource Center for Nonprofits and Microenterprises
Texas C-BAR also offers a series of legal workshops for nonprofits and an on-line Legal Resource Center with information on employment law, nonprofit legal compliance, and other legal issues affecting nonprofits.

Eligibility
Organizations which meet each of the following guidelines are eligible for assistance:

  • Primary mission is serving low-income persons; or
  • Primarily composed of persons who are low-income and which includes U.S. citizens or lawful permanent resident aliens; and
  • Lack of funds or practical means to retain counsel.

Priority is given to community-based nonprofits engaged in community development initiatives, including housing, job training and workforce development programs, revolving loan funds, and child care.
Start-up organizations which have not yet incorporated are also eligible for legal assistance with the nonprofit incorporation process.
Microentreprenuers must meet financial and other eligibility guidelines.

For more information

  • Visit our web site, at www.texascbar.org
  • E-mail us at info@texascbar.org; or
  • Call us at 512-374-2712