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

Fair Housing Conference: Protections for Victims of Violence:

A half-day conference on federal regulations, state laws and tenant resources. To be held on March 24 at NH Housing, 32 Constitution Drive. Click here for more information. 

NHLA Executive Director statement on Governor Sununu's budget

February 9, 2017: Click here to read Executive Director Lynne Parker's statement on the Governor's budget proposal. 

NHLA announces Dawn McKinney as Policy Director

January 12, 2017: Executive Director Lynne Parker announced today that the state-wide nonprofit law firm has hired Dawn McKinney as policy director.

McKinney most recently served as director of state affairs at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), based in Bethesda, MD and Washington, D.C. She has been with NACHC since 2003.

“NHLA has a longstanding reputation for credible, expert, ethical policy advocacy on many issues, and for our many productive partnerships with allies across the political spectrum,” Parker said. “Dawn brings extensive experience collaborating with stakeholders in all fifty states and navigating the complex landscape of health care policy. With her technical expertise and appreciation for the nuances of state-level policy-making, Dawn is positioned to deepen NHLA’s engagement with New Hampshire’s legislative and executive branches on the issues that matter most to our clients.”

NHLA receives $450,000 to combat childhood lead poisoning

All children deserve access to clean air and water so they have a chance to grow and thrive. But poor children are more likely than others to be exposed to the negative health effects of environmental hazards like industrial waste, pollution and lead poisoning from paint and water. The New Hampshire Bar Foundation recently approved $450,000 for a New Hampshire Legal Assistance initiative to prevent and/or mitigate the effects of childhood lead poisoning in low-income New Hampshire communities. This work, funded by part of New Hampshire’s share of a national settlement with Bank of America, will improve living conditions for individual children and their families and promote better housing conditions in the most vulnerable neighborhoods of our state. Click here to read more.

NHLA work to help disadvantaged students featured in Concord Monitor

In his first year of junior high, CJ French missed 86 days of school. He just couldn’t stand to go. Click here to read more about how our Youth Law Project helped CJ and fights for better protections for vulnerable kids. 

NHLA receives new three-year federal grant to help survivors of domestic violence

With this federal funding, NHLA will hire a full-time attorney to provide services to victims at the Manchester Community Health Center and Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire, with specific emphasis on helping survivors who come from immigrant and refugee communities. Click here to read more.

NHLA wins Supreme Court appeal on behalf of low-income parents of children with disabilities

Federal assistance for children with severe disabilities is designed to support their special – and often expensive – needs. It shouldn’t be diverted to meet the basic needs of other family members. But that’s what New Hampshire expected low-income families with children with disabilities to do, until a successful challenge by two mothers represented by New Hampshire Legal Assistance. Click here to read more.

Become a part of our team fighting housing discrimination.

Click here for more information about upcoming trainings for fair housing testers.

NHLA priority issues

Legal aid at the doctor's office might help low-income patients

How local welfare should work: One client's story as told by her NHLA advocate

NHLA protects low-income tenants from the dangers of lead paint

NHLA, Pro Bono expand program to help low-income debtors

NHPR features New Hampshire Legal Assistance work to protect domestic violence victims from housing discrimination

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