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, November 12 in observance of Veterans Day. Offices will reopen at their regularly scheduled times on Tuesday, November 13. 

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

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

NHLA seeks office manager/legal secretary for Manchester office

Posted Oct 25, 2018

New Hampshire Legal Assistance, a state-wide non-profit law firm serving low-income families and seniors, is seeking a full-time administrative office manager and legal secretary for our Manchester branch legal office.The job responsibilities include:  · more

Meet the staff: Jessica Hersom

Posted Oct 19, 2018

Say hello to one of NHLA’s newest attorneys Jessica Hersom, who will be working in the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project. Jessica grew up in Sanford, Maine before attending Wheelock College in Boston with a focus in Social Work and Juvenile Justice.   After graduating from Wheelock, Je more

Before a disaster strikes

Posted Sep 20, 2018

Whether it's a hurricane, an ice storm, or an apartment fire, disasters can upend the lives of vulnerable low-income families in New Hampshire. Read about one family's experience after an accidental fire here.Below is some important information to consider before a disaster strikes, and some advice more

Margaret's story: How local welfare is supposed to work

Posted Sep 18, 2018

Today we have a guest blog from Candace Cappio Gebhart, a paralegal in NHLA's housing and public benefits practices.  Margaret* was an accountant before she became physically unable to work last summer. Facing homelessness if she couldn’t pay rent on the apartment she shared with her teenage more

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Efficient, knowledgeable and courteous...

Efficient, knowledgeable and courteous...

[The advocate] was more than helpful – she explained and re-explained issues to me. She is very efficient, knowledgeable and courteous. She always returns my calls in a timely manner. She made a hard time in my life more bearable.