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

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

Meet the Staff: Dan Hobbs

Posted Jun 22, 2018

Meet Dan Hobbs! Dan is NHLA’s new Elder Advocacy Coordinator for the Alliance for Healthy Aging (NH AHA).
In this role, Dan is tasked with creating a groundswell of interest for the needs and rights of New Hampshire’s aging population.   Dan’s previous experience in ...read more

Welcome, 2018 summer interns!

Posted Jun 07, 2018

New Hampshire Legal Assistance recently welcomed four new interns for the summer, who are assigned to different NHLA offices around the state, and will have the opportunity to attend court with our advocates, help with research and assist clients. This year our four interns all have one thing in com ...read more

Become a Fair Housing Tester!

Posted May 09, 2018

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act. By prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status and disability, in all types of housing and housing services, the FHA ensures equal housing opportunity. Because ou ...read more

Crossover Report 2018

Posted Mar 30, 2018

March 22 marked crossover, the day when all bills still under consideration in the New Hampshire Legislature cross from one chamber to the other.  NHLA advocates across all practice areas have been involved with various legislation that could harm – or help – low-income residents in New Ham ...read more

Fair Housing conference on the rights of long-term care residents

Posted Mar 26, 2018

New Hampshire Legal Assistance, NH Housing Finance Authority and Hanover Hill Health Care Center are sponsoring a fair housing conference, Civil Rights and Resources for Residents of Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities, on Tuesday, April 24.

The free conference is designed for f ...read more

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Testimonial

Truly thankful for the help...

Truly thankful for the help...

I am truly thankful for the help, kindness, [and] treatment that I received right from the first person I talked to. I was very upset and at a very low point and that first person gave me gentle kindness.