GWLS was founded in 2017, to provide access to affordable legal services for community members who may not be able to afford the services of a private attorney. GWLS is dedicated to seeking justice through low-cost legal resources, free monthly legal advice clinics, and legal empowerment workshops.
We are committed to dismantling legal barriers in a manner that empowers our clients. We pursue justice through holistic care, advocacy, and an understanding that our clients are more than their presenting legal issue. By collaborating with our community and the services within it, we are creating lasting solutions to systemic problems.
ImmigrationImmigration law is hard to navigate alone. GWLS attorneys and other staff offer compassionate guidance throughout the process and educates our community on the what’s up with immigration. Our guidance includes making sure each client is on the best and quickest path to their goal of renewing their status (DACA and green card), applying for permanent residency, applying to become a U.S. citizen, or helping clients discover they’ve been a citizen all along. Educating our community by providing resources on the benefits available for and rights belonging to immigrants, no matter their current status, and helping our community understand the complex immigration process, we want our immigrant family, friends and neighbors to know that you are not alone. You are seen, you are valued, and you are wanted here. We are with you and Specifically, we help clients with: Family-based Petitions I-130 Petition for Alien Relative I-485 Adjustment of Status/Application for Permanent Residency I-601A/601 Extreme Hardship Waivers Consular Processing (National Visa Center) I-129F Fiancé/Fiancée Visas I-751 Removal of Conditional Residency Victim-based Petitions VAWA U Visas Citizenship / Naturalization N-400 Naturalization Application N-600 Certificate of Citizenship Status Renewals I-90 Permanent Resident Card Renewal (i.e., Green Card) DACA Renewals FOIAs (Freedom of Information Act requests)
DivorceMarriage is a legally binding contract, and the legal process of separation or divorce can be challenging to navigate by yourself. At Greater Waco Legal Services, we offer guidance and support on: Fault divorce No-fault divorce Marriage Annulment Legal Separation Mediation
Child CustodyWe have a background in child custody services and provide legal counsel and advocacy for legal custody battles. Our representative services include: Adoption Child Custody Child Support Family Code Parental Rights Private Adoption Visitation Rights
HousingManaging the relationship and fostering understanding between tenants and landlords can be stressful. To help lighten this burden, we offer the knowledge necessary to understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant (or landlord!). In particular, we often advise regarding the following issues: Understanding your lease/rental agreement Requesting and demanding repairs Securing the return of a security deposit Navigating an eviction or possible eviction Fair housing rights Other Tenant-Landlord situations
Wills & EstatesIt is not fun nor easy to think through end of life issues, but it's vitally important so you can ensure your hard-earned assets and belongings pass on to exactly who you want to get them! And don't wait until it's too late to decide who will make important decisions for you when you can't make them yourself. You can protect yourself and your property through some fairly simple methods. We will guide you through the legal jargon and help you make the most informed decision regarding your assets and personal care. Some of the services we offer in this area include: Wills Transfer on Death Deeds Durable (financial) Power of Attorney Medical Power of Attorney Advance Directives HIPAA Authorization Other methods of planning for the easy and protected transfer of your hard-earned assets and belongings
ProbateWhat in the world is PROBATE? Simply put, probate is the legal process to allow the transfer of assets out of a deceased person’s name and into the names of the living. Our probate services include: Have a Will? Letters Testamentary Muniment of Title Don't have a Will? Small Estate Affidavits Declaration of Heirship Proceedings Independent or Dependent Administration
PropertyProperty Do you need help getting title/ownership of property in your name? Does your property have some messy title/ownership issues? Do you want to ensure your property passes to exactly who you want to own it or get it, now or after your death? We can help! Specific services available: Cleaning up and/or transferring title/ownership through: Affidavits of Heirship Deeds Other potential methods Negotiating payment of delinquent property taxes and other issues Preparing basic documents for the sale/transfer of property
Legal Empowerment Workshops
Knowledge is power. Our legal empowerment workshops educate our community about their rights and responsibilities under the law. They equip our community with the tools necessary to build power to overcome.
Some examples include:
Tenant-Landlord Top 10
Do I need a Will?
Protect My House! (land/home ownership & title issues)
Contact us to set up a Legal Empowerment Workshop with your community organization, church, or any other group!