New Hampshire Legal Aid gives free legal services to people who qualify. If you do not qualify, you may be able to get a lawyer for a reduced-fee or a lawyer who can help you with parts of your case.
To qualify for legal aid, you need to
- have a low income,
- have few assets,
- have civil legal problems with housing, family law, criminal annulment, and public benefits in New Hampshire, and
- pass a conflict-of-interest check.
Apply for Help
Apply for NH Legal Aid through the Legal Advice & Referral Center (LARC). LARC screens applicants and provides advice over the telephone.
Apply by phone or online.
-Apply any time of day or night
-No waiting on hold
-Your phone interview will be shorter when someone calls you back
-You must apply online for help with criminal annulment, and with bankruptcy if you don’t own a house. If you own a home and are thinking about bankruptcy, call 1-877-399-9995 or apply online.
-Online applications are best for problems with property taxes, consumer issues, and youth law (education).
Apply by Phone
-If you are not sure you have a legal problem we can help you figure that out before you do a full application
-Find out right away if you qualify
-Apply by phone for faster service
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9-4 and Wednesday 9-1.
We close on holidays.
1-800-639-5290 or 603-224-3333
For foreclosure, call 1-877-399-9995 and leave a message, day or night.
We only respond to phone messages about foreclosure and benefits, from hearing impaired people calling via Relay or TTY, and to requests for brochures. If you leave a message in Spanish, we will call you back.
- We may set up a phone appointment to give you free legal advice over the phone. Our lawyers and advocates prepare you to represent yourself. We do not go to court with you.
- We may send your case to another legal aid or volunteer attorney program that handles your type of case. That program will call you back.
- We keep your information confidential even if you do not qualify for our services.
When we call you, we do not know how our number will show up on caller ID. It could be 603-369-3828, unknown, anonymous, private, restricted or all zeroes. To return our call, you can only reach us at 800-639-5290 or 603-224-3333. For Foreclosure: 1-877-399-9995.
Not sure we can help?
If you are not sure you have a legal issue, apply and we will figure it out.
If you are not sure you will qualify for help, apply and we will figure it out.
If you have a quick question and you do not want to apply for legal services, call
between 6 PM and 8 PM the second Wednesday of every month
Volunteer lawyers give the public free legal information over the phone.
Applying for someone else
Most of the time, the person with the legal issue must complete the application or phone us. Usually we cannot give legal advice to someone who is applying for someone else.
Conflicts of Interest
We cannot help you if we have a conflict of interest.
A “conflict of interest” means that giving you legal advice could get in the way of our relationship with another client. When we ask you for basic information about your household members and the people involved with your problem, we are checking for conflicts. If we find a conflict, we will give you phone numbers for other places to get help.
Prisoners may apply and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
If you do not qualify for legal aid
Depending on your income, you may be able to get a lawyer to help with all or part of your case, and you can get legal information over the phone that is free to everyone.
60 or over
If you are 60 or older, you may be able to get free legal help from the Senior Law Project of New Hampshire Legal Assistance. Call 1-888-353-9944 for help.
Find a lawyer
If you are sure you do not qualify for free legal aid, or if you want to sue someone, contact the New Hampshire Bar Association. Depending on your income:
If you can afford to pay a lawyer call the Lawyer Referral Service at 603-229-0002.
If you have a low income but make too much to qualify for free legal services, try the Modest Means Legal Program at 603-715-3290. If you qualify, you will pay for services at a lower cost.
One way to save money is to hire a lawyer to handle part of your case. This is called “unbundled services” or “limited representation.” Sometimes, you can do most of the work yourself and hire a lawyer to help you with things you cannot do. Such services may include drafting a motion, reviewing an agreement or attending one specific hearing, rather than handling your whole case.
Find lawyers who do unbundled services by contacting the Lawyer Referral Service (603-229-0002) or the clerk’s office at the court (1-855-212-1234).
Free legal information by phone
Anyone can get free legal information over the phone. Call Lawline at 1-800-868-1212 between 6 PM and 8 PM the second Wednesday of every month to speak to a volunteer lawyer.
Other places to get help
If your problem is not in New Hampshire, find a program to help you.
Self Help Guides
Read our self-help guides for information on a range of topics.
Check the court’s self-help website.