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. 

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.

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Latest News

House bill would help elder victims of financial abuse

Posted Mar 23, 2018

By Max Sullivan  Seacoast Online
CONCORD -- A state House bill could expedite the process for elderly and disabled people to acquire relief from financial exploiters, its crafters using the state’s existing domestic violence protective order process as the blueprint. The bill, HB 180 more

Program Update: Domestic Violence Advocacy

Posted Mar 08, 2018

In our regular series of updates from our project areas, here is some news from the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project Director, Erin Jasina: 2017 was a busy year for NHLA’s Domestic Violence Advocacy Project (DVAP). We hired three new staff attorneys: Two of those attorneys assist victi more

Know Your Rights to Stay Warm

Posted Mar 07, 2018

There are a number of programs and protections available if you are having trouble affording your heat or electric bill this winter.
  You can apply at your local Community Action Program (CAP) for the fuel assistance program.  A link to information about how to apply and the incom more

Work at NHLA! We're hiring a staff attorney for our domestic violence project.

Posted Feb 26, 2018

New Hampshire Legal Assistance seeks a dynamic individual for the position of Staff Attorney to work on its Domestic Violence Advocacy Project in Concord.    Position Responsibilities: Represent low-income victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in divorc more

NHLA advocates for low-income energy efficiency programs

Posted Feb 13, 2018

On January 2, 2018, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a new 2018-2020 Statewide Energy Efficiency Plan for the New Hampshire gas and electric utilities. The three-year plan will provide comprehensive energy efficiency services for commercial, industrial, and residential cu more

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Truly thankful for the help...

I am truly thankful for the help, kindness, [and] treatment that I received right from the first person I talked to. I was very upset and at a very low point and that first person gave me gentle kindness.