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: All NHLA offices will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday at their regularly scheduled time. 

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

Public Forums on Medicaid Work Requirements Announced

Posted Jan 14, 2019

If you are concerned about the bureaucratic burden of work-reporting requirements for NH families who rely on Medicaid expansion for health coverage, there will be several chances to ask questions this month. For more information on why we're concerned about work requirements for Medica more

NHLA statement on JLCAR December 20, 2018 vote

Posted Dec 21, 2018

December 21, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA) Policy Director Dawn McKinney released the following statement in response to the vote by the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules to object to a proposed interim administrative rule. The more

Center on Budget and Public Policy: NH Medicaid Work Requirements "harsher than Arkansas"

Posted Dec 03, 2018

Today, the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a policy analysis of New Hampshire's recently approved Medicaid waiver allowing the implementation of a work requirement for certain people.
"With federal approval now in hand, New Hampshire appears poised to move more

NHLA comment on NH Medicaid work requirement waiver

Posted Nov 30, 2018

New Hampshire Legal Assistance has issued the following statement on the CMS approval of a Medicaid waiver allowing the implementation of a work requirement for certain people: “As we and other health care advocates around the country have said time and again, work requirements for Medicaid more

NHLA announces next Executive Director

Posted Oct 30, 2018

The Board of Directors for New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA) announced today they have selected Sarah Mattson Dustin of Hopkinton, NH, to serve as the next executive director of NHLA.   Mattson Dustin is currently the policy director of the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation. From 2 more

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A wonderful job...

A wonderful job...

[The advocate] did a wonderful job. I was pleased with the way she handled my case.