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Free legal help in New Hampshire

The various attorneys and law firms that provide free legal advice in New Hampshire operate under the umbrella name of New Hampshire Legal Assistance. The organization was formed almost 40 years ago, and their services are structured to aid the low income and elderly of the state. The law firms that are part of the organization strive to ensure that all people have fair and equal access to the law.

Housing, foreclosure, utility and mortgage legal assistance

One of the legal programs that is offered is known as Housing Justice Project. Attorneys, paralegals, and other legal professionals that are part of New Hampshire Legal Assistance will work with clients on a wide range of housing issues. For example, homeowners may be eligible to receive free legal foreclosure assistance and defense, renters can receive help with eviction proceedings, and other forms of support. Housing assistance can also include section 8 or public housing issues, Fair Housing and housing discrimination complaints, and support dealing with property taxes and liens. Attorneys can also deal with your utility company is they are disconnecting your utility or heating service illegally, or if you have a medical condition.

Attorneys can help families and individuals who are faced with emergency or crisis situations. In particular, people who are faced with an imminent risk of becoming homeless, either due to an eviction or foreclosure filing, and aid is available for those who are currently without shelter. The non-profit law firms will direct people to the resources and free legal program that are available to them to move out of homelessness. The various law firms are also working to slow the steady stream of New Hampshire homeowners losing their homes to foreclosure by helping them deal with lenders and predatory mortgages, and also by assisting them to file bankruptcy and save their home and reorganize their debt and financial situation.

Domestic issues and violence

If a family or individual is faced with a domestic matter, New Hampshire Legal Assistance can help those who can’t afford their own attorney or private counsel. Some of the different types of issues that individuals can receive legal consultation for include: child support, restraining orders and emergency relief, parental rights, alimony, divorce hearings, and other domestic issues, including violence.





Legal programs for seniors

Seniors, whether low income or not, can also receive access to numerous programs and legal services. The programs are targeted at individuals who are 60 years of age or older. The formal name of the free legal assistance program is known as Senior Citizens Law Project. Seniors and those who are over 60 can receive free legal assistance in dealing with various government programs and other issues that are important to seniors, including social security, elderly housing issues, medicaid and medicare, nursing home residents rights and complaints, property tax programs and relief, and much more.

Public benefits

Many government programs, both offered by the state of New Hampshire and the federal government, are complicated with numerous rules and regulations. These non-profit law firms have attorneys who specialize in providing free legal aid for these various government programs, and help people navigate through the process. Clients can receive help with such issues as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Unemployment Compensation, Food Stamps, and Health Insurance.

New Hampshire Legal Assistance contact information

There are seven different law firms and offices around the state that provide free legal aid. The contact information is as follows:

  • Berlin 1-800-698-8969
  • Claremont 1-800-562-3994
  • Concord 1-800-921-1115
  • Littleton 1-800-548-1886
  • Manchester 1-800-562-3174
  • Nashua 1-800-517-0577
  • Portsmouth 1-800-334-3135




By Jon McNamara

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