New Hampshire Legal Assistance

Helping to balance the scales of justice for everyone since 1971.

Domestic Violence Legal Help

Domestic Violence Legal Help

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Project represents victims in emergency protective order hearings and in divorce and parenting (custody) cases. The issues typically addressed in these cases are the following: restraining orders and emergency relief, parental rights and responsibilities (child custody and visitation), paternity, child support, alimony and property division.

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Public Benefits

Public Benefits

Benefits Project advocates help individuals obtain the assistance they need to stabilize their income and move toward self-sufficiency as possible. Advocates help the disabled obtain Social Security, SSI, and APTD benefits and access to health care through Medicare and Medicaid. The Project also works for improvements in the APTD/Medicaid system.

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Housing Legal Services

Housing Legal Services

NHLA focuses its efforts on a variety of housing issues with its Housing Justice Project.

Housing Justice Project (HJP) attorneys and paralegals promote equal access to housing for NHLA clients by working on preserving their housing. The HJP helps individuals and families who are either currently without shelter or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The HJP also investigates complaints of discrimination and assists people who are victims of housing discrimination.

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Special Projects

Special Projects

NHLA responds to the emerging needs of clients with new projects and efforts, often in collaboration with other organizations in the state.  Some of these include programs concerning Childrens Dental Health, as well as the Youth Law Project, which works with children and teenagers who are facing delinquency or CHINS petitions.

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Legal Services for Older Adults

Legal Services for Older Adults

The Senior Law Project (SLP) assists our state’s most economically and socially needy seniors with civil legal problems including consumer protection/debt collection, health care, public and private housing, family problems, food stamps, public assistance benefits, utility shut-off, and nursing facility and assisted living/residential care facilities problems.

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Our Mission

NHLA's mission is to fulfill America’s promise of equal justice by providing civil legal services to New Hampshire’s poor, including education and empowerment, advice, representation, and advocacy for systemic change.

We offer our clients high-quality civil legal aid to address the legal problems that affect their daily survival and most basic needs. These services range from simple legal information and advice to vigorous and thorough representation in all of New Hampshire's courts and before many of the local, state and federal agencies which play large roles in their lives. In providing legal services to the poor, NHLA helps ensure the legal system provides the fairness and justice that all New Hampshire residents deserve.

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Latest News

NHLA protects mobility, independence for long-term care facility resident

Posted Nov 30, 2017

New Hampshire Legal Assistance settlement protects the mobility and independence of residents at Manchester nursing home New Hampshire Legal Assistance recently entered into a Conciliation Agreement with Hanover Hill Healthcare Center Services on behalf of a wheelchair-bound resident who claimed hi more

New job opening at NHLA

Posted Nov 21, 2017

NHLA is seeking a dynamic individual to serve as Elder Advocacy Coordinator on behalf of the NH Alliance for Healthy Aging (AHA). Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree preferred or 2-4 years relevant experience.

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
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    Fair Housing Conference announced

    Posted Oct 16, 2017

    CONCORD - New Hampshire Legal Assistance and New Hampshire Housing, supported by funding from the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, is hosting a free conference about Fair Housing.
    The conference will include an overview of Fair Housing principles and a discussion of recent Fair Housi more

    Federal court strikes down Manchester anti-panhandling ordinance

    Posted Sep 08, 2017

    SEPTEMBER 8, 2017:
    In a 65-page decision, the New Hampshire District Court struck down the City of Manchester’s anti-panhandling ordinance and police practices because they violated the First Amendment.   This lawsuit was brought on behalf of Theresa M. Petrello, an Army and Navy more

    NHLA receives $10,000 grant from Eastern Bank Foundation

    Posted Sep 06, 2017

    New Hampshire Legal Assistance has received an Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation grant for $10,000 as part of the bank’s Targeted Grant program, which supports organizations working on behalf of immigrants in Massachusetts,  New Hampshire and Rhode Island for 2017. 
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