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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: NHLA offices are closed on Monday, February 19.
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.
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NHLA priority issues
On January 2, 2018, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a new 2018-2020 Statewide Energy Efficiency Plan for the New Hampshire gas and electric utilities. The three-year plan will provide comprehensive energy efficiency services for commercial, industrial, and residential cu ...read more
Meet Kerstin Cornell, one of NHLA’s newer staff attorneys working on our lead poisoning prevention project. The lead project is financed by a grant from the NH Bar Foundation wit h money from the Bank of America Foreclosure Settlement. Kerstin says she went to law school in order to p ...read more
After months of advocacy by NHLA and partners including the Conservation Law Fund and New Futures, New Hampshire has a new law protecting children from toxic lead poisoning. Click here to read all about the bill signing, and why it was in Claremont. Click here to hear remarks from  ...read more
Ray Burke is a new staff attorney for the Utilities Justice Project at New Hampshire Legal Assistance. After college Ray spent two and a half years volunteering in El Salvador, where he learned of the important legacy of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated in 1980 for being an out ...read more
Our Fair Housing Project Co-Director Victoria Horrock submitted this testimony to the Judiciary Committee of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, in support of HB 1319, which would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity:
New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA) subm ...read more
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NHLA Needs Your Support
NHLA relies on the goodwill and support of the entire community to reach our mission of equal access to justice for all people in New Hampshire. Your financial support strengthens our organization and our ability to serve those in need. Use the link above to make a safe, and secure donation or if you prefer send your tax-deductible donations (checks can be made to the Campaign for Legal Services) to:
New Hampshire Legal Assistance
117 North State Street
Concord, NH 03301
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