The Tarrant County Bar Association does NOT provide legal aid or

pro bono representation.   For any pro bono representation, you must

contact Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas below. 



Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (LANWT), a 501(c)(3) non-profit

organization offers free civil legal assistance to low-income Texans

who wouldn't otherwise be able to secure such legal representation.

Originally incorporated in 1951 as Fort Worth Legal Foundation,

LANWT is a nonprofit legal aid organization based in Fort Worth, 

Texas.  One of three LSC-funded legal aid programs in Texas

(along with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and Lone Star Legal Aid),

they are the fifth-largest legal aid program in the United States and

serve low-income residents in 114 counties in North and West

Texas with 15 branch offices located in Abilene, Amarillo, Brownwood,

Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, Lubbock, McKinney, Midland, Odessa,

Plainview, San Angelo, Waxahachie, Weatherford, and Wichita Falls. 



The LANWT mission is to ensure equal justice for low-income people through

the provision of high-quality legal representation and to improve the lives of

Texans through the rule of law.


Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas has a long history of serving the community. Their

first office, in Fort Worth, was founded in 1951 by the Tarrant County Bar Association.

The Dallas office was established in 1966. LANWT has operated under several

different names as we've grown over the years, and adopted the Legal Aid of

NorthWest Texas name in 2003 through the merger of Legal Services of North

Texas and West Texas Legal Services.


Today, LANWT employs more than 80 attorneys, supported by a staff of more than

100paralegals, secretaries, receptionists, and support staff. An additional 30 part-

time attorneys staff a statewide legal hot line to help broaden our ability to assist

those in rural areas.


Who They Serve
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas gives clients access to legal representation who

wouldn't otherwise be able to afford the services of an attorney. They primarily

represent clients with income up to 125% of the U.S. poverty line, although in

certain cases we are able to help those with incomes of up to 200% of the poverty

line, which, for a family of four, means an income of no more than $3,975 per

month. Clients come from all sectors of the community and all walks of life.

They are veterans, victims of violence and homeless persons. They are hard-

working minimum wage earners, retirees on fixed incomes, grandparents, and

single parents.


Practice Areas
LANWT is able to represent clients in any type of civil matter. However the main 

focus is on:

  • Support for Families
  • Preserving the Home
  • Maintaining Economic Stability
  • Safety, Stability, and Health
  • Individuals with Special Needs
  • Problems Affecting Groups of Individuals


Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas is funded by several organizations and through

foundation grants, most notably the Legal Services Corporation and the Texas

Access to Justice Foundation.


Fort Worth Location Information:
600 E. Weatherford St   
Fort Worth TX 76102
Telephone 1: 800-955-3959
Telephone 2: 817-336-3943
Fax: 817-877-0804
Managing Attorney: Merrit Klapperich

Supervising Attorneys

  • Monique Lopez-Hinkley
  • Brent Schellhammer
Intake (application) schedule :

Call or visit our office Monday – Friday 
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday