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


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

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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Latest News

Legal Aid Advocates and UNH Law Students Help 100+ Households with Eviction Cases

Posted Jan 06, 2022

Legal aid advocates from NHLA and 603 Legal Aid established eviction clinics to help tenants prepare for their hearings and give them an opportunity to negotiate with their landlords for additional time to apply for rental or utility assistance. Students from the UNH Franklin Pierce School of L more

NHLA Represents LISTEN Community Services in Filing Motion to Reconsider PUC Energy Efficiency Program Order

Posted Jan 04, 2022

LISTEN Community Services has joined New Hampshire’s utility providers, the Consumer Advocate, energy contractors, environmental advocates, community action agencies and the Department of Energy in seeking to reverse the Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) decision to cut funding for state-run e more

Federal judge allows lawsuit seeking protection for NH residents facing dangerous institutional placements to proceed

Posted Nov 29, 2021

CONCORD, N.H.— The U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire ruled that a class of New Hampshire residents may proceed with a lawsuit over their right to live independently instead of being placed in institutional care. New Hampshire’s Choices for Independence (CFI) program is suppo more

New Medical-Legal Partnership Pilot Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock to Make Legal Assistance Accessible for Young Families in Need

Posted Oct 27, 2021

Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) has secured funding for a two-year pilot medical-legal partnership (MLP) program to benefit families with young children in the Upper Valley and Sullivan County. D-H will work with legal partner New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA) to host this program at two clinical site more

Legal Aid Attorneys Prevent 30 Evictions Over Three Days

Posted Sep 14, 2021

In the wake of the sudden termination of the federal eviction moratorium, dozens of families and individuals faced the sudden prospect of homelessness. Many eviction hearings were scheduled throughout New Hampshire earlier this month. As part of a coordinated effort between state circuit courts an more