Bar News - January 5, 2007
Legal Advice & Referral Center Moves to New Location
By: Susan Noon, New Hampshire Bar Foundation
The Legal Advice and Referral Center (LARC) has completed its move from the office space it occupied since its founding in 1996 at 33 North Main Street, to its new home at 48 South Main Street in Concord (on the corner opposite the Capitol Center for the Arts). The 3,000-square foot space provides five offices and a reception area for LARC; one office for NH Legal Assistance; a conference room; and, most appreciated, a parking lot and ADA-approved ramp access.
“For the first time, we have a sign out front with our name on it, which makes us much more visible to the community,” says LARC Executive Director Marilyn McNamara. “Now people will know who we are and where we are. We welcome visits from our colleagues and the legal community at anytime.”
Hardwood floors, arched doorways, rounded walls, a fireplace, and interesting architectural elements provide a warm, comfortable atmosphere. Only a few minor changes needed to be made prior to taking occupancy.
LARC is part of a network of legal service providers in New Hampshire who serve the civil legal needs of disadvantaged people. With 11 full- and part-time employees (including one fluent in Spanish and another in French), LARC uses a toll-free call center to provide legal advice and referral services. The agency provides legal information, advice, and pro se assistance to approximately 3,000 callers annually and fields several thousand additional calls for legal service referrals, resource availability, and other information.
LARC maintains a Web site (http://www.larcnh.org/) and distributes a variety of brochures on legal matters. LARC is supported primarily by the federally-funded Legal Services Corporation, but also receives grants from the New Hampshire Bar Foundation.