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

Health and justice advocates respond to NH House passage of SB 247

Posted Jan 03, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. – In response to today’s vote in favor of SB 247 to prevent childhood lead poisoning, the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition has released the following statement:  Jessica Livingston speaks about the impact of lead poisoning on her family “Even when paint more

Health and justice advocates praise Governor Sununu, House and Senate leaders, for support of SB 247

Posted Jan 02, 2018

Health and justice advocates praise Governor Sununu, House and Senate leaders, for support of SB 247 CONCORD, NH – This afternoon, New Hampshire public health advocates celebrate Governor Christopher T. Sununu’s endorsement of SB 247, common sense, bipartisan legislation to better protect New more

Governor Sununu stands with NHLA, health experts, to protect NH kids

Posted Dec 31, 2017

GOVERNOR SUNUNU TO STAND WITH BIPARTISAN LEGISLATIVE COALITION IN SUPPORT OF COMMON-SENSE LEAD POISOINING PREVENTION FOR KIDS   CONCORD, N.H. – On Tuesday, Governor Sununu will join health care providers, advocates and policy makers in urging the New Hampshire Legislature to support SB more

NHLA receives Pearl Manor grant funding to continue work for seniors in Manchester

Posted Dec 29, 2017

New Hampshire Legal Assistance has received a Pearl Manor Fund grant, via the Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation, for $15,000 to support civil legal aid for socially and economically needy seniors in the Greater Manchester area.
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NHLA educates local officials about the Fair Housing rights of people in recovery

Posted Dec 20, 2017

As New Hampshire continues to suffer from the opioid addiction crisis, people in recovery will need supportive, safe places to begin rebuilding their lives. People in recovery are considered disabled and are entitled to protection against discrimination. We're standing up for their rights under the more

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Our paralegal went above and beyond...

Our paralegal went above and beyond...

Our paralegal went above and beyond. She treated us with respect, was always available, made sure we understood everything and answered any questions we had. It felt good in such a hard situation to have such a capable team on our side that was understanding and helpful.