Consumer Issues

 

We hope you find the publications listed below to be helpful resources on legal issues confronting Texas consumers and other general issues. TYLA publications, however, should not be used as a substitute for the advice of an attorney. If you have any questions about the information provided or need advice on a specific matter, please consult an attorney.

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Click on the links below to view or download the appropriate document.


Pro Se Litigant Guide










Juvenile Justice System: What You Need to Know














Hiring an Employee with a Record


















Hiring a Non Citizen Household Staff


















How to Sue in Justice Court

















 

Guide to Traffic Court
This pamphlet is geared toward educating the public about the process in municipal court when handling traffic citations.
















Identity Theft Guide

















Attorney-Client Relationship
A client’s relationship with a lawyer isunique. Lawyers and clients must be able to freely for clients to receive the help they need, and the attorney–client privilege and the work-product doctrine make this possible. The attorney–client privilege protects confidential information learned by an attorney during client representation. The work-product doctrine protects the thoughts and materials prepared, and communications made, when lawyers and clients think litigation is possible.This pamphlet explains the basics of both protections, and seeks to teach clients how to avoid common pitfalls.












 

 





Texas Probate Passport
“Texas Probate Passport” has been prepared to inform the public regarding: (1) what happens legally to the property of a person when he or she dies with a will or without a will (see tab entitled “To Will or Not to Will”); and (2) how the probate process works (see tab entitled “Probate in Texas”). The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) seeks to make Texas residents aware of how the law (the Texas Probate Code) affects them and their families.

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  • Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans
    Veterans face the same issues that all Texans face: going to school, finding a job, obtaining a loan, and getting health care. Veterans also deal with issues unique to those who have served our country in uniform. This pamphlet, a publication of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, is intended to identify and describe resources related to these issues.  Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans is a State Bar of Texas program to assist free clinics throughout the state for military veterans.  You can find links to a number of resources on the State Bar of Texas website: www.texasbar.com/veterans.
     

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    Preventing Fraud on Veterans
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  • Small Business Toolkit
    The Texas Young Lawyers Association prepared this Tool Kit to help you understand the laws that affect your small business and to help familiarize you with the legal issues that you may encounter during opening and running a small business. Please note that this Tool Kit is solely intended to provide general information only and is not a substitute for legal counsel. The laws outlined in the Guide are subject to change at any time. If you have a specific legal problem, we suggest that you consult an attorney.
    Click here to download a copy.








     

  • Facing Foreclosure
    This publication answers basic questions about the foreclosure process and provides helpful information on available resources. The information should not be substituted for the advice of an attorney.

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  • Name Changes in Texas
    This publication provides an overview of the process for changing one's name. The information should not be substituted for the advice of an attorney.

 

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  • Expunctions in Texas
    This publication provides an overview of the expunction and non-disclosure processes in Texas. The information should not be substituted for the advice of an attorney.

    Click here to download a copy of the Guide.



     

 

  • Consumer Bankruptcy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 This publication is a layperson's guide to bankruptcy and the steps leading up to bankruptcy.  The pamphlet includes descriptions of secured dept, unsecured debt, foreclosure, repossession of vehicles, understanding credit scores, and working with creditors.  It provides an initiation to the types of Consumer Bankruptcy - Chapter 7 and 13, lists options for small businesses that are headed towards insolvency, contains helpful information on locating an attorney, life after bankruptcy, and directions to other third party resources.  The information should not be substituted for the advice of an attorney.

        Click here to download a copy of the Guide.
              





     

  • Introduction to Mechanic's Liens
    This publication explains the most important and basic aspects of Texas lien law as set forth in Chapter 53 of the Texas Property code and Article XVI, Section 37 of the Texas Constitution.  The information should not be substituted for the advice of an attorney.

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  • Loan Modification Scam Pamphlet

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  • Guide to the Service members Civil Relief Act
    This publication is intended to provide general information about the protections provided by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act by outlining certain provisions of the Act and explaining their terms. The information should not be substituted for the advice of an attorney.

    Click here to download a copy of the Guide

  • Tenant’s Rights Handbook
    This handbook is for residential tenants and is a public service by the Texas Young Lawyers Association. It is our sincere hope that distribution and use of this handbook will explain many of the questions and legal issues that arise in a landlord-tenant relationship.

    The Handbook is intended to provide general guidance only. It is not a substitute for the advice of a lawyer. The Texas Young Lawyers Association hopes, however, that by providing Texas residents with a better understanding of their legal rights and remedies, this handbook will help prevent many legal problems from ever arising.

    Click here to download a copy..

  • Employment Law Handbook
    Every employer should be familiar with employment law. If an employer does not comply with state and federal employment requirements, it risks civil or criminal liability. But the myriad state and federal statutes relating to the hiring, termination,
    and compensation of employees can be difficult for a new or first-time employer to identify and understand. This handbook is meant to provide a brief overview of the overlapping state and federal requirements so that new or first-time Texas employers can avoid employment disputes with their employees.

    Click here to download a copy of Employers Guide to General Employment Law.

  • Occupational Licenses
    Designed to provide basic introduction to the governmental structure for regulating occupational licenses, the process for obtaining and maintaining occupational licenses, and the potential pitfalls that may cause a person or business to be denied, or lose, a license.

    Click here to download a copy of Occupational Licenses in Texas.
     

  • Oil and Gas Basics for Homeowners
    Designed for homeowners who have been approached by someone wanting to lease their mineral estate and to provide basic knowledge of some of the most common terms used in many residential oil and gas leases so homeowners are more educated when making decisions regarding their mineral estates.

    Click here to download a copy of Oil and Gas Basics for Homeowners.