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State Bar of Montana

The State Bar of Montana hosts a lawyer referral list for people looking to hire an attorney.  The referral list can be searched by region or area of law.  Lawyerless clients can also call the lawyer referral service phone line and state bar staff will provide attorney information.  The State Bar sponsors the Lawyer Referral and Information Service which is a list of attorneys by region, language, and area of practice.  The State Bar also sponsors the Modest Means Program.  The Modest Means Program connects people within 200% of the federal poverty guidelines with an attorney for a substantially reduced fee.  Client referrals to the Modest Means Program start with Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA).  MLSA screens applicants for financial eligibility.

www.montanabar.org

406-449-6577

Court Help Program

The Court Help Program is an initiative of the Montana Supreme Court designed to assist people with civil legal problems by providing information on legal rights and responsibilities.  Walk-in, phone, and remote services are provided through Self Help Law Centers located throughout the state.  Self help centers provide legal forms, information, and referrals to community resources.  Assistance is provided regardless of income. 

For locations and contact information, visit www.courts.mt.gov.

Montana Legal Services Association

Montana Legal Services (MLSA) has offices in Helena, Missoula, and Billings.  When someone contacts Montana Legal Services, they will be screened for financial eligibility.  MLSA provides legal information, advice, and other civil legal services free of charge.  If a client is not assisted directly by MLSA, MLSA's pro bono program can attempt to place the client with a volunteer attorney.  People in need of help must first complete an application for services.

To apply for services, call 1-800-666-6899 or visit www.mtlsa.org

For legal information and forms, visit www.montanalawhelp.org. 

 

Legal Services Developer

Attorney/Paralegal Advice Program: The legal advice and advocacy program addresses one hundred fifty legal issues for Montanans over 60.  They utilize legal volunteers and other advocates.  For example, the program may collaborate with other agencies to work towards a resolution for each case needing advocacy assistance.

Legal Education Materials: Materials for different legal issues affecting seniors including Landlord Tenant Rights, Powers of Attorney, and Credit Card Debt are available at http://www.dphhs.mt.gov.

Legal Presentations: The program provides legal education to attorneys and non attorneys.  

Legal Document Clinics: The Legal Services Developer Program provides three types of clinics for persons sixty and older: on-site, phone, and Indian Wills clinics.  At the clinic, individuals can complete beneficiary deeds, durable powers of attorney (health and financial), living wills, declarations of homestead, and simple wills.  

Justice Served: Provides advocacy and legal assistance in cases of financial exploitation, financial mismanagement, and fraud.  

To contact the Legal Services Developer, call 1-800-332-2272 or 406-444-7783.

 

Disability Rights Montana

Investigates abuse and neglect in state run institutions.  All other services are based on public input and may include: independent living services, public access, special education, employment discrimination, access to benefits, and voting.  To get help from Disability Rights Montana, you can call the office, drop by the office, or complete and submit the Request for Services Form found on the website.

To talk to an advocate, call 449-2344 or 800-245-4743.  If an advocate is not available, the call will be returned no later than the following day.

Located at 1022 Chestnut Street in Helena.

www.disabilityrightsmt.org

 

 

Aging Services 

The Montana Senior and Long Term Care division manages a wide variety of programs and services guided by the mission "to advocate and promote dignity and independence for older Montanans and Montanans with disabilities by (1) Providing information, education, and assistance, (2) Planning, developing, and providing for quality long-term care services; and (3) Operating within a cost-effective service delivery system.

The Legal Services Developer Program offers clinics to assist in the drafting of probate and will documents for anyone over the age of 60 and within 215% of the federal poverty line.

www.dphhs.mt.gov/sltc or 800-332-2272

 

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Public Health and Human Services provides services and support in a wide range of areas which include public assistance, Healthy Montana Kids medical coverage, aging services, birth and death certificates, child support enforcement, public health benefits, and education.  

www.dphhs.mt.gov

Child Support Enforcement Division

Financial and medical child support order establishment, paternity establishment, enforcing and modifying child support, and other resources.  Regional offices statewide:

  Region Two Region Three Region Four Region Five Region Eight
Coverage Blaine, Cascade, Chouteau, Daniels, Glacier, Hill, Liberty, Petroleum, Phillips, Pondera, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Teton, Toole and     Valley Big Horn, Carbon, Carter, Custer, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, McCone, Musselshell, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Rosebud, Treasure, Wibaux, and Yellowstone Beaverhead, Broadwater, Deer Lodge, Fergus, Gallatin, Golden Valley, Granite, Jefferson, Judith Basin, Lewis and Clark, Madison, Meagher, Park, Powell, Silver Bow, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, and Wheatland Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli, and Sanders Incoming interstate cases for all counties in Montana
Central Office

201 First Street South, Suite 1A

Great Falls, MT 59045

1500 Poly Drive, Suite 200

Billings, MT 59102

17 West Galena

Butte, MT 59701

2675 Palmer Street , Suite C


Missoula, MT 59808

2401 Colonial Drive, First Floor

PO Box 202943

Helena, MT 59620

Phone # 406-727-7449 406-655-5500 406-497-6600 406-329-7910 406-444-9767

Public Defender's Office

The primary mission of the statewide public defender system is to provide effective assistance of counsel to indigent  persons accused of crime and other persons in civil cases who are entitled by law to the assistance of counsel.  

www.publicdefender.mt.gov

406-496-6080

Victim Services

The goal of the Office of Victim Services is to provide tools and information to help crime victims recover from their experience and provide them with a range of services available.  The criminal justice system can be confusing and intimidating for victims.  To assist them as they go through the justice system, the Office of Victim Service is available to answer any questions they may have.

https://dojmt.gov/victims/

406-444-1907/1-800-498-6455

Public Service Commission

It is the responsibility of the Public Service Commission (PSC) to ensure that public utilities in Montana provide adequate service to customers at reasonable rates.  The PSC generally regulates private, investor-owned natural gas, electric, telephone, water and private sewer companies doing business in Montana.  In addition, the PSC regulates intrastate railroads and certain motor carriers hauling regulated commodities.  The PSC oversees natural gas pipeline safety regulations.  The PSC does not oversee rural electric and telephone cooperatives, cellular telephone companies, cable TV companies, the quality of municipal water and sewer services, and propane dealers.

www.psc.mt.gov

1-800-646-6150 

* The Montana Consumer Counsel is charged by law to represent consumer interests in matters before the commission.  The consumer counsel is located at 616 Helena Ave., Helena MT and can be reached at 444-2771.

Montana Attorney General's Office; Office of Consumer Protection

The Department of Justice Office of Consumer Protection has authority to prosecute companies and nonprofit organizations for unfair business practices.  OCPVS also provides services for victims of crimes including Orders of Protection and the HOPE identification cards that can accompany them, address confidentiality which forward mail to a victim's new address, a Forensic Rape Exam Payment Program, the Crime Victim Notification System for up-to-date notifications regarding a victim's case or the offender's status, Crime Victim Compensation that can help pay for medical costs, lost wages, funeral expenses, and counseling.  

www.doj.mt.gov/consumer

(406) 444-4500

Montana Fair Housing

Montana Fair Housing provides information and support to consumers and investigates allegations of discrimination in housing.  

www.montanafairhousing.org

(406) 782-2573/1-800-929-2611

State of Montana Law Library

The State Law Library website hosts numerous forms and legal information.  The State Law Library reference librarian also provides in depth legal research assistance to legal professionals and the public.

www.courts.mt.gov/library/

(406) 444-3600

Montana Human Rights Bureau

The Montana Human Rights Bureau investigates alleged human rights abuses.  Provides consultation and mediation for potential human rights disputes and remedies.  People may call the Human Rights Bureau to speak with an investigator.  If the alleged discrimination is within the jurisdiction of the Human Rights Bureau, a telephone interview will be scheduled with an investigator.  If the facts indicate that illegal discrimination may have occurred, an investigator will take the information by telephone and draft a formal complaint.  A formal complaint must be filed with the Bureau within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory action.

www.montanadiscrimination.com

1-800-542-0807

 

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