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New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA)

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NHLA, what we do

We offer our clients high quality civil legal services 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 balance the scales of justice for all citizens.


NHLA was created in 1971 through the merger of two smaller programs, Southern New Hampshire Legal Services and Tri-County Legal Services, which served the North Country. Since our founding NHLA has continuously enjoyed the steadfast support of the New Hampshire Bar Association and the New Hampshire judiciary.


Since 1997, recognizing the importance of coordination with 603 Legal Aid, the other major legal services provider in the state, NHLA has been engaged in a joint comprehensive statewide planning process. [NOTE: The Legal Advice & Referral Center and the NH Bar Association's Pro Bono Program merged in 2021 to become 603 Legal Aid.]

Type of issues we help people with

Current NHLA program priorities listed in alphabetical order:

NHLA serves all of New Hampshire

Office hours are 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.  Our offices are located in:

  • Berlin
  • Claremont
  • Concord
  • Manchester
  • Portsmouth
  • Administration

How to apply to NHLA for services

Click here to apply online now. Or call 603 Legal Aid at 1-800-639-5290. Ayuda Para Ejecución Hipotecaria: 1 (877) 399-9995

The 603 Legal Aid handles intake for NHLA.

603 Legal Aid is a private, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services to eligible, low-income people anywhere in New Hampshire. Their attorneys and paralegals provide legal advice by telephone.  It also provides referrals to private attorney volunteers.  603 Legal Aid also provides much information about legal rights and resources that people may have for their NH disputes and matters.  Materials are located on the website in English and Spanish.

Other NHLA contact information:

  • Justice in Aging Project  1-888-353-9944 or (603) 624-6000
    TTY 711 or 1-800-735-2965
  • NHLA website

Our mission

See our mission statement

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