The article below is for filers without lawyers. The article contains available resources for assistance with legal help and forms. If you are unable to find the correct forms or help, it is recommended to find your court's local website or contact the court for assistance.
If you don't have a lawyer and need to represent yourself in court, you are called a self-represented litigant or a pro se or pro per party. Click below to go directly to a section of this article.
Do you need help finding what documents to file?
Option 1: Visit the eFileTexas Self-Help site to see if there is a guided interview for the type of case you need to file. You can e-file directly at the end of some of the interviews. If you can't e-file at the end, save your documents and follow the instructions in the next section to e-file. Below are links to some of the most popular case types.
- Uncontested Divorce Without Children
- Small Claims and Civil Answer
- Eviction Complaint
- Adult Name Change
- Request to Waive Court Fees
- Application for Protective Order
Option 2: If you don't find what you need on eFileTexas Self-Help, visit Texas LawHelp (in English and Spanish) to find the right forms. Below are links to some of the most popular case types. After you prepare your documents, follow the instructions in the next section to e-file.
- Divorce and Other Family Law
- Landlord/Tenant, including a guided interview for Eviction Answers
- Debt Collection
Do you have your documents ready but need to e-file them?
- Visit the eFileTexas site to file your documents electronically. If you created an account on the eFileTexas Self-Help site, you can use the same login on the eFileTexas site.
- To learn how to file a new case, watch a video or click here to read how.
- To learn how to file into a case that has already been started, watch a video or click here to read how.
Do you need more legal help?
Click the links below for more information.
- Information about going to court (in English and Spanish)
- Legal research information
- Free legal answers (if you qualify)
- Types of legal help
- Regional legal aid providers (you must qualify for help based on your income)
- State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral & Information Service (for $20, you get a 30-minute consultation with an attorney)