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 matters accepted include: divorce, parenting, bankruptcy, debt collection, landlord-tenant, record annulments and other non-fee-generating cases.
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, it will be reviewed to determine whether it fits within the Pro Bono Program's established case acceptance guidelines. If your case is accepted, the Pro Bono staff will try to locate a volunteer 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, service fees if they cannot be waived 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 Way, the Violence Against Women Act, an LITC grant from the IRS, and the generosity of NH Bar members.