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.

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

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  • E-mail us at; or
  • Call us at 512-374-2712