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

PLEASE NOTE: 

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.

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Latest News

Victory in the NH Supreme Court for Domestic Violence Survivors

Posted Jul 16, 2021

Domestic violence survivors received a significant legal victory earlier this week when the New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld a domestic violence final order of protection for a client of New Hampshire Legal Assistance. Chief Justice Gordon MacDonald, writing for a unanimous court, agreed with NHL ...read more

NHLA Statement on June 24, 2021 extension of eviction moratorium

Posted Jun 24, 2021

Statement from Elliott Berry, Co-Director of the NHLA Housing Justice Project:  "This extension can be a tremendous benefit to both tenants and landlords by providing more time for tenants to apply for emergency rental assistance. The program has already sent millions of dollars to landlords, ...read more

Domestic Violence and the LGBTQIA Community - Statistics and Helpful Resources

Posted Jun 24, 2021

NHLA strives to be a safe and welcoming organization for individuals of all orientations and identities, year-round. We are committed to increasing access to legal services for members of the LGBTQIA community who have been victims of discrimination and domestic and sexual violence. According to th ...read more

Four New Interns Join NHLA for the Summer

Posted Jun 23, 2021

New Hampshire Legal Assistance recently welcomed four new interns for the summer! They will spend the next few months in NHLA offices across the state, working closely with advocates in and out of the courtroom. In between orientation and getting right to work, they each took a moment to introduce t ...read more

NHLA Welcomes Six New Board Members

Posted Jun 21, 2021

At its meeting on June 9, 2021, the Board of Directors of New Hampshire Legal Assistance accepted the nomination of six new members. Hailing from the far corners of the state, from Bethlehem to Hollis to Rochester, the new board members bring significant legal expertise as well as considerable exper ...read more