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Legal Assistance

Access to Justice For Everyone

The New Hampshire Court System's doors are open to all, whether you use a lawyer or represent yourself. There are several agencies that provide low-cost legal aid or free (pro bono) legal aid. You may also be able to hire a lawyer to help you with part of your legal case which could save time and money. Listed below are various organizations that may offer the help you need.

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Legal Assistance Resources

New Hampshire Bar Association
The NH Bar is an association of all lawyers licensed in New Hampshire.  The Bar has a Lawyer Referral Service (LRS), and a LawLine that provides once-a-month free phone time to ask a lawyer your legal questions.  In addition, this site has links to other agencies, groups, and public information pamphlets. 

New Hampshire Legal Aid
This website provides links and contact information to a number of agencies that provide a range of services to low income people across the state. It includes 603 Legal Aid, New Hampshire Legal Assistance, the Disabilities Rights Center, the Civil Practice Clinic at UNH School of Law, the New Hampshire Public Defender and a number of links to government and other agencies.

603 Legal Aid
603 Legal Aid is a private, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services to eligible, low-income people in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA)
NHLA provides free legal advice and representation to low-income people in civil matters especially those involving basic needs, such as food, shelter, income and medical care, as well as domestic violence.

New Hampshire Free Legal Answers
Invites those who qualify to submit a civil legal question. A volunteer New Hampshire attorney will answer, and you will receive notification via email.

American Bar Association
This is a national association of lawyers and their site provides some general information on what's involved with self-help, how to find a lawyer, what happens in legal proceedings, etc. 

The New Hampshire Law Library
The New Hampshire Law Library is the only law library in the state open to the public. The Library has four public computers for online legal research and many books, CD-ROMs and microfiche materials for your use. Because this is a research library, our materials cannot be checked out but anyone is welcome to come to the library and use the materials here.

Library staff cannot give you legal advice, or do your research for you, but the staff can teach you how to use the tools of legal research to find your own answers. Contact us at lawlibrary@courts.state.nh.us.

American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire
Deals with legal issues that primarily involve violations of individual rights by the government

New Hampshire Public Defender
Provides representation to adults in criminal cases, and to juveniles charged with delinquency offenses, when the charges facing them carry a potential for incarceration or detention.

New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights
A government agency that deals with discrimination cases in employment, housing and public accommodation.

Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau, Office of the Attorney General
This bureau cannot offer legal advice but it can make suggestions to help resolve complaints between consumers and businesses.

Senior Citizens Law Project
The Legal Advice Line, a service of New Hampshire Legal Assistance, provides free legal advice in civil matters for senior citizens 60 and older.

Disabilities Rights Center
DRC provides information, referrals, legal advice and legal representation in the area of civil and other legal rights of people with disabilities.

University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law Clinics
Assists low-income clients with a variety of issues from  consumer protection, collection and  foreclosure defense, (including Chapter 13 bankruptcy), predatory lending, auto fraud, unemployment, worker’s compensation and landlord/tenant matters (for tenants in eviction process only).

Visit the Law Library

The New Hampshire Law Library is the only public Law Library in the State of New Hampshire. Its mission is to advance the administration of justice by providing legal information and related services to the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of government, the legal communities of New Hampshire, and the people of the state.