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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During the COVID-19 public health emergency, New Hampshire Legal Assistance is OPEN. We have made some changes to protect the health of our staff and our clients. Staff are generally working from home. We are not answering telephone calls live. Instead, leave a message and we will call you back.
We are also not taking walk-in clients at any of our offices. Instead, please call us or apply for help online at www.nhlegalaid.org
To fax documents to any NHLA office: 1-833-722-0271
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.
--NHLA offices are closed at 12:00 PM on November 24, 2021 for the Thanksgiving holiday and will reopen on Monday, November 29.--
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NHLA Needs Your Support
NHLA relies on the goodwill and support of the entire community to reach our mission of equal access to justice for all people in New Hampshire. Your financial support strengthens NHLA's ability to serve people facing a civil legal crisis. Use the link above to make a safe and secure donation or if you prefer, you can send your donations, payable to NH Campaign for Legal Services to:
New Hampshire Legal Assistance
Attn: NH Campaign for Legal Services
117 North State Street
Concord, NH 03301
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