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.

Learn More >>

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.

Learn More >>

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.

Learn More >>

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.

Learn More >>

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.


Learn More >>

Our Mission

PLEASE NOTE: All NHLA offices will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. Offices will reopen at their regularly scheduled hours on Tuesday, May 30.

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.

Apply For Legal Help

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

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

Do You Need Health Insurance?


Our Offices

Berlin
Claremont
Concord
Manchester
Portsmouth
Administration

Latest News

Become a part of our housing justice team as a paid housing discrimination tester

Posted May 16, 2017

Fair housing opens doors. While much progress has been made to provide equal access to housing, the work to encourage open communities and end discrimination is on-going. Periodic tests evaluating housing opportunities to determine where certain protected groups face discrimination is a key com ...read more

Statement of NHLA Executive Director Lynne Parker on Governor Sununu budget proposal

Posted Feb 09, 2017

February 9, 2017:  “On behalf of the thousands of people New Hampshire Legal Assistance helps each year, I would like to thank Governor Sununu for proposing an increase to NHLA’s state appropriation for the coming biennium. With this additional funding, we believe we will be able to help ...read more

NHLA hires Dawn McKinney as Policy Director

Posted Jan 12, 2017

January 12, 2017: New Hampshire Legal Assistance hires Dawn McKinney as Policy DirectorCONCORD – New Hampshire Legal Assistance 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 directo ...read more

NHLA receives 3-year grant for multi-faceted work to combat childhood lead poisoning

NHLA receives 3-year grant for multi-faceted work to combat childhood lead poisoning

Posted Nov 21, 2016

November 19, 2016 - 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 wate ...read more

United Way Corporate Fund New Hampshire Bar Foundation New Hampshire Bar Foundation

Testimonial

Efficient, knowledgeable and courteous...

Efficient, knowledgeable and courteous...

[The advocate] was more than helpful – she explained and re-explained issues to me. She is very efficient, knowledgeable and courteous. She always returns my calls in a timely manner. She made a hard time in my life more bearable.