Deadlines for Federal Stimulus Checks Looms

NHBA's Attorney Barbara Heggie Featured on WMUR

Nearly 30,000 Granite Staters will be getting alert letters from the IRS notifying them that their $1,200 stimulus payments are still unclaimed, and the deadline is looming to get that done. Barbara Heggie is the coordinator and staff attorney at the Low-Income Taxpayer Project, a legal aid clinic for people with IRS problems. She is trying to connect Granite Staters with federal coronavirus relief bill money. Click for full details.

Resources

Low-Income Taxpayer Project – 603-715-3288
United Way partnership with 211 – 844-322-3639

IRS.gov website

People can also call 211 to find the nearest free tax return preparation site.

Federal Links

New! CDC: Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions To Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19

US District Courts – NH District: Order Re: Restricted Public Access to Rudman Courthouse and Cleveland Federal Building

IRS: Official IRS Corona Virus related information.

US District Courts – NH District: A New Standing Order allowing attorneys and pro se parties who must submit paper filings under our Local Rules and ECF Rules to submit those documents by email.

NH State Executive Orders

July 2020 Office of the Governor – Termination of EO #3termination of utilities shut-off protections

June 12, 2020 Office of the GovernorTermination of EO #4 & EO # 24 Prohibition of Evictions

All COVID -19 related Executive Orders including those unemployment benefits, temporarily freezing evictions and  utilities shut-offs.

NH Judicial Branch

06-18-2020 – NH Supreme Court: Order adopting an amendment to District Division Rule 1.28(II) This amendment conforms the rule to RSA 490:26-a, II by repealing the provision of the rule that assessed a $25.00 surcharge on the filing fee for landlord/tenant entries.

05-28-2020 – NH Judicial Branch: Remote Filing for Domestic Violence and Stalking Protective Petitions Now Available

05-14-2020 – NH Supreme Court:Emergency Order Regarding the Appointment of Counsel in Criminal Cases in Superior and Circuit Courts

04-27-2020 – Supreme Court offers guidance to the public on how to continue working through the courts during courthouse closures.

04-08-202Circuit Court to Expedite Emergency Guardianship over Adults Petitions during COVID-19 Crisis Electronic filings to be heard within 48 hours

Home page includes a list of “How Do I…” self-help guides.

Court Announcements

Fine Payments During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 restricted access period, courthouses will not be accepting in-person fine payments. However, you are still required to pay your fine.

  • Fine payments due from March 30 to May 4, 2020, may either be mailed to the specific court
  • or you can call your credit card information into the court.

Locate your Circuit Court-specific information here and Superior Court here.

Cancellation of Criminal and Civil Jury Trials

COVID-91 Update and Resource Page includes all relevant recent court orders.

Need Legal Help?

Resources Are Still Here for YOU

NH Free Legal  Answers

Free Legal Answers is a confidential website where individuals with low to moderate incomes can receive answers to their noncriminal legal questions, including those issues related to COVID-19. Go to nh.freelegalanswers.org to post your legal questions and receive free legal advice from volunteer lawyers.

Lawyer Referral Service 

If you need to hire an attorney and can afford standard legal fees, LRS will help you determine what type of legal matter you have and will provide up to three referrals to attorneys who practice in that area of law in NH. Call 603-229-0002 or request a referral online.

Modest Means

If you need to hire an attorney but cannot afford standard legal fees, the Modest Means Legal Program may be able to refer you to an attorney who will agree to cap his/her fees at $80 to $125 per hour, depending upon gross household income.  Applicants must have a demonstrable ability to afford the reduced rate to qualify. Call 603-715-3290 or request a referral online.

Pro Bono Referral Program

Pro Bono enlists private attorneys as volunteers to help low-income people with civil (noncriminal) legal issues. For bankruptcy, wills and basic estate planning,  contact Pro Bono (224-5387).  For  income tax disputes call Pro Bono’s Low-Income Taxpayer Project at 715-3215. For other issues, such as family law (parenting plans, divorce), evictions and foreclosure, contact Pro Bono’s partner, the Legal Advice & Referral Center (LARC) at nhlegalaid.org or 800-639-5290 for advice. Pro Bono accepts cases from LARC for further services based on program resources.

DOVE: Domestic Violence Emergency Project

The DOVE Project provides free legal help to qualifying clients at final Domestic Violence and Stalking Restraining Order Hearings. To apply, contact:

NH Domestic Violence Hotline

866-644-3574

If you are in immediate danger, dial 9-1-1.

Find a crisis center.