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Lawyer in the Library

August 2023

Lawyer in the Library

The Fort Bend County Willie Melton Law Library, in partnership with Lone Star Legal Aid, is pleased to offer the free Lawyer in the Library service to financially eligible, self-represented individuals.

Attorneys from Lone Star Legal Aid will be on site at the Willie Melton Law Library on Mondays, from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon, for brief, one-on-one preliminary consultations on a variety of Civil legal issues. Individuals are helped on a first-come, first-served basis; appointments are not necessary.


Issues that may be addressed include:

  • Family Law & family-related legal issues, such as:
    • Child custody
    • Child support
    • Divorce
    • Adoption
    • Paternity
  • Military/Veterans
  • Foreclosure
  • Landlord-Tenant issues, such as:
    • Leases
    • Evictions
    • Utility shutoffs 
    • Tenants’ rights
    • Other rental-related legal issues
  • Disaster relief
  • Employment and wage-claim issues
  • Consumer Law, such as
    • Contract disputes
    • Warranties
    • Debt collection and bankruptcy
  • Wills, estate planning, probate, living wills


If the attorney who is present does not have expertise in the specific area of law that is needed, they will make every effort – through the resources in the library – to answer the individual’s questions correctly. If the individual qualifies for legal services with Lone Star Legal Aid, follow-up consultations will be arranged for a later time. 


To prepare for the Lawyer in the Library session:

  • Write a list of general questions for the attorney.
  • If individuals wish to apply for further assistance by Lone Star Legal Aid, they should have their financial information available so the attorney can determine if they qualify.

The Lawyer in the Library program is a limited legal-advice service and should not be considered a substitute for representation. The individual may contact Lone Star Legal Aid or the Fort Bend County Bar Association if they wish to hire an attorney.

The Fort Bend County Willie Melton Law Library does not provide legal representation nor advice about specific cases.