NH Legal Aid Programs
603 Legal Aid is the new home of the former NHBA Pro Bono Program. This Concord, NH-based organization serves as the statewide centralized intake for low-income litigants seeking free legal assistance for civil legal issues. Its team depends on partnerships with volunteer attorneys, legal service organizations, and other community partners to provide the highest level of service possible to New Hampshire residents. For more information or to volunteer, call (603) 584-4145.
NHLA provides free legal advice and representation to people with low income and older adults (age 60 and over). NHLA works on civil cases impacting safety and basic needs, such as domestic violence, housing, and benefits including Medicaid, Food Stamps, and disability. People who need legal help should apply through 603 Legal Aid (see above). 603 Legal Aid refers appropriate cases to NHLA.
For more than 40 years, the NHBA Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) has connected people in need of legal help with attorneys and other legal and community resources. Most callers have never used a lawyer before and are not familiar with the courts or legal system. LRS currently offers four programs:
LRS-FF provides attorney referrals for those who can afford to pay for legal services at standard attorney rates. Contact us at (603) 229-0002.
LRS-MM provides lower-to-moderate income individuals and families with access to affordable legal services. Under this program, clients with income between 150% and 325% of the federal poverty level (FPL) may qualify to be referred to a panel member who agrees to consider representation for a reduced rate. Contact LRS-MM at (603)715-3290.
This service is offered in partnership with the American Bar Association’s (ABA) “Free Legal Answers” program, a virtual national pro bono legal advice portal. Users must meet income eligibility standards.
Lawline is a free monthly service of the NHBA, where volunteer attorneys answer a variety of legal questions by phone for the general public. It is held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 6 - 8PM. Both attorneys and callers are anonymous and most calls deal with general, limited-scope legal questions.
Provides information, referral, advice, and legal representation to individuals with disabilities, on disability-related issues including special education, access and accommodation, employment and housing discrimination, voting, and Medicaid. Contact DRC-NH at firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 228-0432 to schedule a free consultation on a disability discrimination issue with an experienced attorney.