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Do You Need an Attorney but Can't Afford an Attorney's Full Fees?
The Reduced-Fee Program May be Able to Help!
To request a referral:
Call (603) 715-3290 or request a prequalification online.
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What is the Reduced-Fee Program?
Operated by the Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) of the NH Bar Association, the Reduced-Fee Program can refer you to an attorney who has agreed to accept certain cases at a reduced rate, if you meet certain eligibility requirements.

What is the reduced rate?
The fees differ from attorney to attorney, but the maximum hourly rate is $80. The amount of the retainer will be determined by the attorney, but is usually less than is normally charged.

How are the attorneys chosen for each individual case?
LRS maintains a database or panel of attorneys who have agreed to accept cases on a reduced-fee basis. The panel can be searched by the type of attorney needed, and the geographic location of the caller. LRS will attempt to find an attorney in as convenient a location for the caller as possible.

Do I have to hire the attorney I am referred to?
You are not obligated to hire the attorney you are referred to, and the attorney is also not required to take your case. If the attorney you are referred to is unable to assist you, the Program will attempt to provide you with a total of three referrals depending on availability.

Is there a charge for this service? How do I apply?
LRS charges a non-refundable $25 application fee, which is due at the time of referral. You may apply over the phone by calling (603) 715-3290. (LRS is not a walk-in service.) The application process takes only a few minutes. If you qualify, you will receive the name of an attorney immediately. If you do not qualify, you will not be charged the fee. You may also check your eligibility for the Program by applying online at www.nhbar.org.

How will my eligibility be determined?
Eligibility is determined by your gross household income, including earned and unearned income of every person residing in your household. Child support and alimony payments are the only expenses that may be deducted from gross income to determine eligibility. When you call to apply, please be ready to provide your gross household income, bank account balances, and the value of any stocks, bonds, CD's and/or retirement accounts.

What if I don't have an income? Am I still eligible?
The Program is designed for people who have some ability to pay for an attorney but cannot afford an attorney's full fees. If you need free services, check out the other NH Legal Service Programs.

What types of cases are eligible for the Reduced-Fee Program?

Bankruptcy
Civil Litigation Defense
Collections
• Repossession
• Real Estate Foreclosure
• Student Loan Issues
Consumer Issues
• Issues with Builders
• Issues with New or Used Car Purchases
Contracts
Criminal
• DUI First Offense
• Cases Denied for a Public Defender
Criminal (continued)
• Class B Misdemeanors
Education Issues
• Special Education and Student Rights
Family Law
• Adoption
• Divorce
• Residential Responsibility
• Child Support
• Gay & Lesbian Family Issues
• Domestic Violence
Employment Issues
Immigration Law
Insurance Law
Landlord/Tenant Issues
• Mobile Home Park Issues
• Eviction/Security Deposits
Medicaid/Medicare Related Issues
Mental Health Law
Municipal Law
Probate Law
• Estate Planning and Advance Directives
• Guardianship of Incapacitated Adults
Real Estate Law

And more!

What Types of Cases are not Eligible for the Reduced-Fee Program?
Generally, any case that may result in a monetary award is not eligible for a Reduced-Fee referral. Cases that involve suing individuals or organizations for monetary damages are not eligible. However, the individual who is being sued may be eligible for a Reduced-Fee referral. Other types of cases that are not eligible also include criminal matters where the accused is eligible for a public defender or a court appointed attorney.

How Do I Apply for a Reduced-Fee Referral?
You may apply over the phone by calling 603-715-3290. The application process only takes about 5 minutes. You will need to know your gross household income (include income from ALL adults regardless of involvement in your case), balance of checking and/or savings accounts, child support and alimony received or paid, and value of any stocks, bonds, CD's or retirement accounts. You will also need a method of payment for the $25 application fee to pay by phone. You will not be charged a fee if you do not qualify for the program.

You may also apply online by submitting the Prequalification Form. If you qualify, you will be emailed a form to mail in with your payment to receive a referral, or you may call 603-715-3290 for your referral. Be sure to have your prequalification ID# from the form that will be emailed to you.

If you would prefer to fill out and mail in a paper application, print it out and send it along with a check or money order for $25 to: Reduced-Fee Program, 2 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301. If you do not qualify for the program, your $25 will be returned to you.

If you have any questions, please call the Reduced-Fee program at 603-715-3290.

Financial Support for the Reduced-Fee Program
is provided by the New Hampshire Bar Foundation.

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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