New Hampshire Legal Assistance

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NHLA Receives $516,700 NH Bar Foundation IOLTA Grant

Posted Jun 16, 2021

New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA) was recently awarded $516,700 from the New Hampshire Bar Foundation’s IOLTA Grants Program to provide civil legal aid services to New Hampshire residents. Due to the imminent expiration of the federal eviction moratorium and federally funded pandemic unemployment benefits, New Hampshire could very soon face an eviction crisis. With support from the IOLTA Grants Program, civil legal aid will continue to be there to help families stay in their homes, keep the lights on, and put food on the table.

Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) grants are funded by interest from bank accounts lawyers use to temporarily hold clients’ funds, such as escrow for real estate purchases. Individually, the funds would not earn much interest, so each law firm pools the funds together into one account. In 1982, the New Hampshire Supreme Court mandated, and continues today to ensure, that the interest those accounts earn is distributed to civil legal aid programs that help people with low income navigate the legal system when they can’t afford to hire an attorney. New Hampshire’s banking community has provided enduring support to the IOLTA Grants Program through the interest rates they offer on IOLTA accounts.

“Each year, our IOLTA Grant helps NHLA protect the safety, housing, and economic stability of thousands of Granite Staters,” said NHLA Executive Director Sarah Mattson Dustin. “We are proud to continue our partnership with the New Hampshire Bar Foundation and New Hampshire’s banking community and are deeply grateful for their unwavering dedication towards ensuring the equal application of justice for all.”

New Hampshire Legal Assistance is a nonprofit law firm that represents people with low income and older adults in civil cases impacting their basic needs. NHLA has offices in Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Manchester, and Portsmouth. For more information about New Hampshire Legal Assistance, please contact Executive Director Sarah Mattson Dustin at smattsondustin@nhla.org.