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Free Legal Services Programs

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.

The Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project

The Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project is a program of the New Hampshire Bar Association's Pro Bono Referral Program that provides victims of domestic violence with emergency legal services. DOVE is operated in partnership with domestic violence services agencies throughout New Hampshire and relies on the donated services of specially trained attorneys.

Visit the DOVE page for more information, including:

  • How to apply for assistance
  • Printable brochures (in several languages)
  • VIDEO: Requesting Child Support Orders from the Court
  • VIDEO: Domestic Violence Restraining Orders: Obtaining Protection in NH through RSA 173B

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

NH Domestic Violence Hotline

NH Sexual Assault Hotline

Find a crisis center.

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, 6–8 p.m.
Hotline: (800) 868-1212

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 6–8p.m. To reach Lawline, call the NH Bar Association (toll free) at 800-868-1212.

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 $60,750 or less.

Learn more about LITP, download the application or contact Barbara Heggie at 228-6028 for more information.

Foreclosure Relief Project

The Foreclosure Relief Project (FRP) is designed to assist homeowner of all income levels who are facing foreclosure or mortgage-related problems. Visit the FRP page for more information

Other Programs

Please visit the Legal Services page to learn about other programs and services available in New Hampshire.

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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