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.
|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., Dec. 9, 2015
Weds., Feb. 10, 2016
Weds., Jan. 13, 2016
Weds., Mar. 9, 2016
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.
|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.
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
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.
|Requesting Child Support Orders from the Court
Webcast - 2013, Provided by the Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project of the NH Bar Association
Presented by: Cathy Shanelaris, Shanelaris and Schirch, PLLC, Nashua NH & Mary Krueger, NH Legal Assistance, Claremont NH
This link is to a video presentation to assist pro se litigants requesting child support orders within divorce, parenting rights or domestic violence restraining order cases. The presenters provide a "nuts and bolts" review of the court forms utilized to obtain child support orders.
•Child Support Guidelines Worksheet
•Uniform Support Order.
The video is a component to the Resource Handbook for Victims of Domestic Abuse, a compilation of resources for library patrons who are navigating the legal system in ongoing family law cases. This program is for informational use only and does not constitute legal advice. To review a copy of this handbook please visit your local library. If you are a victim of domestic abuse you may want to contact a local domestic and sexual violence crisis center at 1-866-644-3574 (24-hour service) for help. If you are in immediate danger you should dial 911 for emergency response.
|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 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.
New Beginnings Without Violence and Abuse
P.O. Box 622
Laconia, NH 03247
1-866-644-3574 (domestic violence)*
1-800-277-5570 (sexual assault)*
Starting Point: Services for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence
P.O. Box 1972
Conway, NH 03818
1-800-336-3795 (crisis line)
603-603-447-2494 (Conway office)
603-539-5506 (Ossipee Office)
Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention
12 Court Street
Keene, NH 03431-3402
603-352-3782 (crisis line)
1-888-511-mvcp (6287) (toll-free hotline)
603-352-3782 (Keene office)
603-532-6288 (Jaffrey office)
603-209-4015 (Peterborough office)
RESPONSE to Sexual & Domestic Violence
c/o Coos County Family Health Services
54 Willow Street
Berlin, NH 03570
866 662-4220 (crisis line)
603-752-5679 (Berlin office)
603-636-1747 (Groveton office)
38 Bank Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
1-866-348-WISE (toll-free crisis line)
603-448-5525 (local crisis line)
The Support Center at Burch House
P.O. Box 965
Littleton, NH 03561
1-800-774-0544 (crisis line)
603-444-0624 (Littleton office)
Voices Against Violence
P.O. Box 53
Plymouth, NH 03264
603-536-1659 (crisis line)
YWCA Crisis Service
72 Concord St.
Manchester, NH 03101
603-668-2299 (crisis line)
603-625-5785 (Manchester Office)
Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support
P.O. Box 217
Nashua, NH 03061-0217
603-883-3044 (crisis line)
603-672-9833 (Milford office)
603-889-0858 (Nashua office)
Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire (formerly Rape and Domestic Violence Crisis Center)
P.O. Box 1344
Concord, NH 03302-1344
1-866-841-6229 (crisis line)
ROCKINGHAM & STRAFFORD COUNTIES
A Safe Place/Sexual Assault Support Services
SASS 24-hour hotline: 1-888-747-7070
A Safe Place 24-hour hotline: 1-800-854-3552
SASS & A Safe Place Portsmouth Office
20 International Drive, Suite 300
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Crisis counseling is available on a walk-in basis during office hours.
SASS & A Safe Place Rochester Office
(Located within the Strafford County Family Justice Center)
150 Wakefield Street, Suite 16
Rochester, NH 03867
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Crisis counseling is available on a walk-in basis during office hours.
SASS & A Safe Place Salem Office
15 Ermer Road, Unit 211
Salem, NH 03079
(*By appointment only - please call the A Safe Place 24-hour hotline)
Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP)
UNH - Durham
8 Ballard Street
Durham, NH 03824
1-888-271-SAFE (7233) (crisis line)
603-862-SAFE (7233) (local crisis line)
Sexual Assault Support Services
1-888-747-7070 (crisis line)
Turning Points Network (formerly Women's Supportive Services)
11 School Street
Claremont, NH 03743
1-800-639-3130 (crisis line)
603-543-0155 (Claremont crisis line)
603-863-4053 (Newport office)