Living in New Hampshire offers unique opportunities to enjoy a quality of life that has been lost in many other places while still having access to the vast majority of benefits that the marketplace offers to twenty-first century Americans.
Unfortunately, New Hampshire consumers need effective protection from some of the dangers and risks that the marketplace presents. In the pages that follow you will find that we have provided some general information about the laws that apply to a variety of consumer transactions, some examples of how the law might apply to a situation, some points to keep in mind if you find yourself in similar circumstances and some ideas for where to turn for more help. The Sourcebook is not intended to give you legal advice, but whenever possible we have described the laws and legal concepts that apply to the purchase of many goods and services in simple, direct terms.
This is the third edition of the Sourcebook. The first edition was released in 1996 and the second edition in 2001. A number of people need to be credited for their work. They include the staff of the Attorney General's Office in 1996, especially Associate Attorney General Charles T. Putnam, Senior Assistant Attorney General Walter L. Maroney, and legal intern Someshwer Rao Takkallapelli, who contributed many hours to the project. The 1996 edition also made use of the expertise of other interns and staff at the Attorney General's Office, including Nolan Koon, Diana Jankowski Parker, Lisa Firkey, James Rosenberg, Lisa Lamphere and Kimberly Therrien, who researched one or more topics and helped us to get the descriptions of the law right. Suzann Enzian Knight of the UNH Cooperative Extension Service contributed extensive first drafts of several chapters relating to credit problems. For the 2001 edition, Associate Attorney General M. Kristin Spath, Senior Assistant Attorney General Mary Castelli, Attorney David Rienzo, and Legal Interns Christine La Valle, Amy Mayhew and Charles Gathungu contributed to the expansion and revision of the Sourcebook. For the 2006 edition, we need to thank the NH Attorney General's Office staff and Matty Leighton, Administrative Assistant in the Family Studies Department at UNH, without whom this edition would not have been finished.
Although we are indebted to all these people, we alone shoulder the responsibility for errors and omissions in the pages that follow. If you are in doubt about any of the information that is presented here or want help in applying it to a specific situation that you face, you may wish to consult an attorney.
We hope that the New Hampshire Consumer's Sourcebook will help to make the marketplace more accessible and understandable for our fellow citizens by providing the information needed to avoid the pitfalls that await the ill-informed or unwary.
Elizabeth M. Dolan
Durham and Concord, New Hampshire
We have made the New Hampshire Consumer's Sourcebook as easy as possible to use as a reference book. Nevertheless, you might want to consider the following tips before diving into the Sourcebook searching for answers to your questions:
We have tried to make the information in the Sourcebook as accurate and current as possible. Laws change, however. If you have access to the Internet, you may want to visit the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau's site on the State of New Hampshire's Official Web site for updated information.
We hope that you enjoy using the Sourcebook.
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