By clicking on the icons below, you will re-directed to TexShare.net, a FREE resource provided to you by the library. It is FREE for all library card holders, please call the library (361-293-5001) to obtain the password. Select the Carl & Mary Welhausen Library, enter the password, click on "by subject", then on Legal Resources to gain access to these resources and many more.
* Texas Law Help - provides free, reliable legal information to low-income Texans. The website is part of a national legal aid effort that is using technology to enhance and expand the delivery of legal services.
* Texas Legal Services Center - meet with a TLSC Attorney who can help you with family law matters. Family law focuses on issues involving family relationships, such as adoption, divorce, and child custody. All appointments are over the phone or through Zoom, and they are FREE.
* Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid - provides free legal services to low-income people facing most forms of civil legal problems, including bankruptcies and foreclosures, divorces and custody arrangements, consumer fraud, wills and estates, accessing public benefits, and litigating for civil and environmental rights. Specializing in more than 45 civil legal practice areas, TRLA represents clients in cases ranging from landlord-tenant disputes handled through Justice of the Peace courts to complex litigation heard in state and federal courts. Our attorneys are organized into teams specializing in practices that fall within the following groups: Community preservation & empowerment, economic and social justice, domestic violence & family law, house assistance, immigration, labor & employment, public events, and public defender in select counties.
Hint: once logged into Texshare, click on subject, then do-it-yourself.
Starting Your Own Business:
* University of Houston Victoria Small Business Development Center - The University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center (UHV SBDC) is committed to fostering small businesses' success in the 11 counties we serve. Our center provides no-cost assistance to small businesses in Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Karnes, Lavaca, Refugio and Victoria counties. UHV SBDC is a proud Texas South-West SBDC Network member, building the Texas Economy One Business at a Time.
* Yoakum Economic Development Corporation - For information regarding grant opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Resources, Protecting Yourself Against Fraud, etc.:
* Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - a US government agency dedicated to making sure you are treated fairly by banks, lenders, and other financial institutions. This entitiy provides an immense amount of education about finances and how to protect yourself.
* Investor.gov - US Securities and Exchange Commission - responds to questions, complaints, and suggestions from the members of the public. The Office handles investment-related complaints and questions from tens of thousands of individual investors and others every year. Investors may contact us through our online complaint forms or question form, or our hotline, (800) SEC-0330 (toll-free in the U.S.) to ask questions on a wide range of securities-related topics, to complain about problems with their investments or their financial professionals, or to suggest improvements to the agency's regulations and procedures.
* US Department of Treasury - purchase savings bonds and learn about other financial topics of interest.
* Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - file your taxes and obtain other information concerning taxes as well as downloading forms and various publications for your use.
For Senior Citizens:
* Transit Bus/Rural Transit Transportation - please call 361-798-4198 (ext. 2) to schedule a ride
* Meals on Wheels - please call 361-293-5313 for Yoakum
* Community Connections Center in Yoakum (Senior Center) 361-293-5313 - 105 Kvinta Drive next to the Yoakum City Park
* Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - a US government agency dedicated to making sure you are treated fairly by banks, lenders, and other financial institutions. Protecting older adults from fraud and financial exploitation