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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: All NHLA offices will be closed from 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 through Friday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. Offices will reopen at their regularly scheduled times on Monday, November 26.
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.
NHLA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity, in the delivery of services.
A note about this website: Clicking on the red "ESCAPE" button that appears next to our logo at the top of every page will give you a quick escape from the website. Computer use can be monitored and may be impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your use of the internet or the computer may be monitored, use a secure computer, call a local domestic violence hotline, and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224.
NHLA priority issues
The Board of Directors for New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA) announced today they have selected Sarah Mattson Dustin of Hopkinton, NH, to serve as the next executive director of NHLA. Mattson Dustin is currently the policy director of the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation. From 2 ...read more
New Hampshire Legal Assistance, a state-wide non-profit law firm serving low-income families and seniors, is seeking a full-time administrative office manager and legal secretary for our Manchester branch legal office.The job responsibilities include: ·   ...read more
Say hello to one of NHLA’s newest attorneys Jessica Hersom, who will be working in the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project. Jessica grew up in Sanford, Maine before attending Wheelock College in Boston with a focus in Social Work and Juvenile Justice. After graduating from Wheelock, Je ...read more
Whether it's a hurricane, an ice storm, or an apartment fire, disasters can upend the lives of vulnerable low-income families in New Hampshire. Read about one family's experience after an accidental fire here.Below is some important information to consider before a disaster strikes, and some advice ...read more
Today we have a guest blog from Candace Cappio Gebhart, a paralegal in NHLA's housing and public benefits practices. Margaret* was an accountant before she became physically unable to work last summer. Facing homelessness if she couldn’t pay rent on the apartment she shared with her teenage ...read more
Treated with respect...
I was treated with respect and importantly everyone genuinely listened to what I had to say. That is rare now a days.
NHLA Needs Your Support
NHLA relies on the goodwill and support of the entire community to reach our mission of equal access to justice for all people in New Hampshire. Your financial support strengthens our organization and our ability to serve those in need. Use the link above to make a safe, and secure donation or if you prefer send your tax-deductible donations (checks can be made to the Campaign for Legal Services) to:
New Hampshire Legal Assistance
117 North State Street
Concord, NH 03301
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