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


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

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

Legal Aid Attorneys Prevent 30 Evictions Over Three Days

Posted Sep 14, 2021

In the wake of the sudden termination of the federal eviction moratorium, dozens of families and individuals faced the sudden prospect of homelessness. Many eviction hearings were scheduled throughout New Hampshire earlier this month. As part of a coordinated effort between state circuit courts an more

Court Allows Lawsuit Challenging NH's Systemic and Unlawful Treatment of Older Foster Care Youth to Continue

Posted Sep 10, 2021

Yesterday the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire issued a rulinglargely denying the State’s motion to dismiss G.K. v Sununu, permitting plaintiffs to pursue five of the six claims they raised. The lawsuit, filed in January 2021, challenges systemic policies and practic more

NHLA Statement on SNHS presence at Manchester District Court

Posted Sep 03, 2021

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is an unprecedented opportunity to keep families in their homes and make sure landlords receive rent they are owed. The tenants we spoke with in Manchester before their eviction hearings on Thursday, in many cases, were not aware of the Program or believe more

Updated Thrifty Food Plan Increases SNAP Benefits

Posted Aug 30, 2021

The USDA announced a historic and long overdue update to the Thrifty Food Plan. The changes, designed to more accurately reflect the cost of a healthy diet for SNAP households, go into effect on October 1, 2021. The Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) used to set SNAP benefit levels has been adjusted only for more

US Supreme Court Ends CDC Eviction Moratorium

Posted Aug 27, 2021

A new United States Supreme Court ruling Thursday night has ended the Center of Disease Control’s moratorium on evictions in areas experiencing high or substantial spread of the coronavirus. “The Supreme Court’s action is extremely regrettable and will cause hundreds of evictions, if not more