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The Pro Bono Program
Who Qualifies for Free Services?
If you are low-income and need a lawyer, the Pro Bono Referral Program may be able to help. Pro Bono links people with incomes at or below 187.5% of federal poverty guidelines with volunteer attorneys who provide representation at no charge.

Pro Bono attorneys only handle civil (non-criminal) cases. The types of legal accepted include: custody, divorce, bankruptcy, debt collection, landlord-tenant matters and other non-fee-generating matters.

How to Apply
To receive help through Pro Bono, call the Legal Advice & Referral Center (LARC) at 800-639-5290 or 603-224-3333 or visit their website. LARC is a federally funded non-profit organization that provides information, advice and referrals to eligible low-income people. LARC staff will ask for information about your income and expenses to see if you qualify.

The Pro Bono Link
Depending on the legal matter, LARC staff will provide information and/or advice about your problem. If you need a lawyer to represent you, your case may be sent to the Pro Bono Referral Program of the NH Bar Association.

Locating an Attorney
Once your case is received from LARC, the Pro Bono staff will try to locate an attorney in your area to represent you. This may take anywhere from several days to several months, depending upon the complexity of your case and the availability of the volunteer attorneys in your area.

The Client's Responsibility
Once you are linked with an attorney, Pro Bono will monitor your case through its conclusion. During this time, you must notify Pro Bono if your income changes to ensure you still qualify for free services.

While the services of Pro Bono attorneys are free, they are not responsible for "out-of-pocket" expenses incurred in your case. These include long-distance phone calls, copying costs, and other costs associated with your case. These expenses are your responsibility.

The Pro Bono Program is Brought to You By. . .
Pro Bono's dedicated staff and programming are funded by a variety of sources, including the NH Bar Foundation's IOLTA Program, United Ways, the Violence Against Women Act, an LITC grant from the IRS, and the generosity of NH Bar members.



 



 
Other Programs
There are a number of other programs in New Hampshire that provide legal representation to eligible low-income families: 

New Hampshire Legal Assistance
NHLA provides free legal advice and representation to low–income people in civil matters involving basic needs, including food, shelter, income and medical care.

Claremont  800-562-3994 or
603-542-8795
Manchester  800-562-3174 or
603-668-2900
Portsmouth  800-334-3135 or
603-431-7411
Littleton  800-548-1886 or
603-444-8000
Berlin Outreach  800-698-8969 or
603-752-1102
Nashua  800-517-0577 or
603-598-3800
Concord 800-921-1115
603-223-9750

 
University of New Hampshire School of Law Civil Practice Clinic
The Civil Practice Clinic assists low-income clients with a variety of issues from consumer protection, collection and foreclosure defense, (including Chapter 13 bankruptcy), predatory lending and auto fraud. Will take cases from Merrimack, Belknap, Sullivan and Hillsborough counties.

2 White Street
Concord NH 03301
603-225-3350  


Legal Advice and Referral Center
LARC provides free legal information, advice and referrals to low-income people with family law, local welfare and housing issues, including Pro Se assistance. LARC refers cases to Pro Bono, NHLA and other legal service agencies.

www.larcnh.org
800-639-5290
603-224-3333  
  
Financial support for DOVE provided by 

Lawline
Volunteer attorneys are available to answer your legal questions through Lawline, the Bar's free telephone legal advice service. Lawline is held on the SECOND Wednesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. ~ 8:00 p.m. To reach Lawline, call the NH Bar Association (toll free) at 800-868-1212.

Upcoming Lawline Dates:
Weds., Aug. 13, 2014
Weds., Oct. 8, 2014
                Weds., Sept. 10, 2014
Weds., Nov. 12, 2014
       
 
The Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project
DOVE provides free legal representation at the final hearings for a Domestic Violence Protective Order.

Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline: 866-644-3574
Statewide Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-277-5570
(the above numbers are toll-free)

DOVE Brochures:
DOVE North Country Outreach 
DOVE North Country Outreach in Spanish 
DOVE North Country Outreach in French 
DOVE in English 
DOVE in Spanish 
♦ DOVE in Arabic  (NOTE: large file; slow download)
♦ DOVE in Portuguese 
♦ DOVE in Bosnian 
♦ DOVE in French  

The DOVE Project can only be accessed through your local crisis center. (See list below.) If you fall within DOVE's eligibility guidelines, crisis center staff will refer you to a volunteer, private attorney who will represent you for free at your final restraining order hearing.

BELKNAP COUNTY
New Beginnings: A Women's Crisis Center
Crisis Line: 800-852-3388
Office Phone: 603-528-6511


CARROLL COUNTY
Starting Point
Crisis Line: 800-336-3795
Conway Office: 603-356-7993
Ossipee Office: 603-539-5506


CHESHIRE COUNTY
Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention
Crisis Line: 888-511-MCVP(6287)
Office: 603-352-3782


COOS COUNTY
RESPONSE to Sexual & Domestic Violence
Crisis Line: 800-852-3388
Berlin Office: 603-752-5697
Colebrook Office: 603-237-8746
Lancaster Office: 603-788-2562


GRAFTON COUNTY
Women's Information Service (WISE)
Crisis Line: 603-448-5525
Lebanon Office: 603-448-5922 

    The Support Center at Burch House 
    Crisis Line: 800-744-0544 
    Littleton Office: 603-444-0624 
    Woodsville Office: 603-747-2441 

    Voices Against Violence 
    Crisis Line: 603-536-1659 
    Plymouth Office: 603-536-3423


HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
YWCA Crisis Service
Crisis Line: 603-668-2299
Manchester Office: 603-625-5785
Derry Office: 603-432-2387 

    Bridges Domestic & Sexual Violence Support 
    Crisis Line: 603-883-3044 
    Nashua Office: 603-889-0858 
    Milford Office: 603-672-9833


MERRIMACK COUNTY
Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire
Crisis Line: 800-852-3388
Concord Office: 603-225-7376


ROCKINGHAM COUNTY
A Safe Place
Crisis Line: 800-852-3388
Portsmouth Office: 603-436-7924
Rochester Office: 603-330-0214
Salem Office: 603-890-6392


STRAFFORD COUNTY
Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP)
Crisis Line & Office: 603-862-3494


SULLIVAN COUNTY
Turning Points Network 
Crisis Line: 800-639-3130
Claremont Office: 603-543-0155
Newport Office: 603-863-4053  
 
Low-Income Taxpayer Project
The Low-Income Taxpayer Project (LITP) offers free legal aid to many low-income, New Hampshire residents who have controversies with the IRS. If your income is less than 250% of the federal poverty guidelines, you may qualify for this program. Under current guidelines, this includes a family of four with an income of $55,875 or less.

The LITP has helped people with a variety of IRS problems, including IRS audits, levies and liens, innocent/injured spouse relief, and denials of the earned income tax credit.

Contact Barbara Heggie at 228-6028 to ask for an application for LITP services. Or, click here to download the application. For more information about the LITP, click here.

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