NHLA offers legal assistance to seniors (persons age 60 or older) through the Senior Law Project.
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. The legal services include legal advice, brief services and extended representation by attorneys and trained paralegals. The SLP also engages in outreach to increase awareness of the legal rights of seniors and to ensure that the community is aware of our services by means of presentations, pamphlets, and other written materials.
Some of the types of cases handled by SLP advocates include:
Abusive/Illegal Debt Collection Practices
Nursing Home Resident Rights
Supplemental Security Income
Elderly Housing issues
Mobile Home Resident rights
Property Tax Relief
If you are a New Hampshire resident age 60 or older and need help with a civil legal problem, contact NHLA's Senior Law Project (SLP) by phone at 1-888-353-9944, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The SLP has the capacity to serve elders who are housebound, isolated or institutionalized.
Read our Success Stories
Senior Advocacy in action: NHLA prevails in Superior Court to preserve a senior's nursing home care.
NHLA recently prevailed in state court on behalf of a double amputee in her eighties who has lived in the same nursing home in Manchester for many years. In early February she was transported to one of Manchester's hospitals for medical care. However, after her medical problem had been resolved and the hospital cleared her to return home, the nursing home refused to readmit her.
NHLA Senior Citizens Law Project attorneys quickly prepared the court pleadings necessary to seek a temporary restraining order to secure the client's readmission. After the nursing home refused to relent, the NHLA team went to Superior Court and persuaded the Court to enter a temporary restraining order mandating the nursing home to readmit her. The case then proceeded to a preliminary injunction hearing before a different Superior Court Judge. The nursing home attorney vigorously contested the case but the Court entered a preliminary injunction order in favor of the resident. She is now back in familiar surroundings.
Campaign for Legal Services
IOLTA program of New Hampshire Bar Foundation
NH Bureau of Elderly & Adult Services
U.S Administration on Aging
Common Legal Problems of Seniors
An informational booklet prepared by the Senior Citizens Law Project of New Hampshire Legal Assistance
Dealing With Debt Harassment
Medicaid Income and Asset Rules for Nursing Home Residents
New Hampshire Transfer/Discharge Law
Guide to Your Rights When You are Facing a Transfer or Discharge from a Certified Nursing Facility
Senior Law Project