March 21, 2019
— The NH Pro Bono Referral Program has unveiled a new web-based service, NH Free Legal Answers (nh.freelegalanswers.org), to give income-eligible users the ability to pose non-criminal legal questions to volunteer attorneys.
“It is an exciting, technology-forward way to broaden opportunities for economically disadvantaged families and individuals to access basic legal information and advice,” said Virginia Martin, Pro Bono Program Director. “At the same time, the system provides a convenient way for private attorneys to give back.”
Users of the service will have to meet income eligibility guidelines and be seeking help with non-emergency, civil legal issues.
“National estimates put underserved legal needs at about 86% for those living at or below the federal poverty line,” Martin said, “despite the best efforts of chronically underfunded legal services programs.”
The New Hampshire service is provided in partnership with the American Bar Association’s Free Legal Answers, with several dozen states participating. To date, close to 50,000 questions have been answered by volunteer attorneys around the country.
In its 41st year, NH Pro Bono is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that recruits and coordinates New Hampshire Bar Association members to provide free legal services to low-income people in areas of high demand, including protection from domestic violence through its DOVE Project, family law, consumer issues, housing, criminal annulments, income tax disputes and basic estate planning. NH Pro Bono is an affiliate of the NH Bar Association and is supported by a variety of grants, from the NH Bar Foundation’s IOLTA Program to the Granite United Way of Merrimack County and Manchester/Derry/Salem.
Attorneys wishing to participate can go to nh.freelegalanswers.org to register.
Members of the public who wish to use this service can learn more and ask questions at
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About the NH Bar Association: The New Hampshire Bar Association (NHBA) is a non-profit 501(c)(6), focused on connecting its members and the public to services and opportunities needed regarding the law.