Comments for Montana Legal Services Association http://www.mtlsa.org A non-profit legal aid organization that provides free legal assistance to low-income Montanans Mon, 09 Apr 2012 15:55:48 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 Comment on National Public Health Week and Medical-Legal Partnerships by Kerry O'Brien http://www.mtlsa.org/2012/04/national-public-health-week-medicallegal-partnerships/#comment-520 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 15:55:48 +0000 http://www.mtlsa.org/?p=1887#comment-520 Thanks for the mention. Thrilled to be supporting Medical Legal Partnerships around the country!

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Comment on Federal District Court Order Protects Montana’s Pro Se Litigants by Liz Keith http://www.mtlsa.org/2011/08/federal-district-court-order-protects-montanas-pro-se-litigants-2/#comment-134 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 04:04:27 +0000 http://www.mtlsa.org/?p=1683#comment-134 Good work all around!

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Comment on Federal District Court Order Protects Montana’s Pro Se Litigants by Mary Whisner http://www.mtlsa.org/2011/08/federal-district-court-order-protects-montanas-pro-se-litigants-2/#comment-132 Sun, 21 Aug 2011 18:23:36 +0000 http://www.mtlsa.org/?p=1683#comment-132 Keep up the good work!

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Comment on What’s Technology Got to Do With It? by Flint Murfitt http://www.mtlsa.org/2011/05/technology/#comment-94 Mon, 23 May 2011 16:58:44 +0000 http://www.mtlsa.org/?p=1559#comment-94 Even if people in need do not completely grasp all of the information available from these self-help resources it educates them and is therefore invaluable. They are more aware of terminology that is essential and they better understand the progression or timing of an issue to be resolved, particularly if it involves a court proceeding.

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Comment on MLSA Executive Director Alison Paul Announces New Advocacy Blog by mlsa http://www.mtlsa.org/2011/03/mlsa-executive-director-alison-paul-announces-advocacy-blog-6/#comment-4 Thu, 05 May 2011 18:43:28 +0000 http://www.mtlsa.org/?p=1409#comment-4 To the person above, we apologize that you are having difficulty accessing our services. We encourage you to continue to call our HelpLine (1-800-666-6899) and speak with one of our intake specialists. Often the best times to call are from 7:30 am- 8:00 am M-F and Saturdays from 9:15-12:45. Sometimes it takes multiple calls to get through to an intake specialist, so please keep trying. If after talking with our intake staff you are still dissatisfied with our services, you may file a grievance. You can find information about how to file a grievance by clicking on “Grievance Procedures” under the “About MLSA” tab on the home page of this site.In response to your bankruptcy concerns, we are currently in the process of revamping our bankruptcy program. While we will no longer offer bankruptcy clinics as we have done in the past, we are developing various bankruptcy resources that will provide clients with assistance in filing for bankruptcy. We anticipate that the resources will be available in the early summer. Please check back on our website often for the most up to date information about the status of our bankruptcy resources. You can find the most recent information by clicking “Bankruptcy Program Information” under the “About MLSA” tab on the home page of this site.We appreciate the time you took to provide us with feedback. It will help us as we continue to assess the best ways to meet the needs of our clients.

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Comment on MLSA Executive Director Alison Paul Announces New Advocacy Blog by name withheld http://www.mtlsa.org/2011/03/mlsa-executive-director-alison-paul-announces-advocacy-blog-6/#comment-3 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 16:17:31 +0000 http://www.mtlsa.org/?p=1409#comment-3 I applaud what your doing, honestly. My problem is that your organization falsely represents its self. They promise to represent a person during the bankruptcy but they actually wind up teaching you how to defend for your self while you prepare your papers on top of it all. I personally am qualified to be on your program, completed the first phase counseling as well as obtained my certification. Now I have been trying to get a hold of your organization to lend me a hand. Three weeks now and no returned phone call. I guess what I am saying is that you need to run a tight ship before you can advertise what your offering on a broad horizon.Respectfully,[Name withheld due to potential client status]

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Comment on Services for the Self-Represented: Every State Needs a Strategy by Judy Meadows http://www.mtlsa.org/2011/04/sevices-selfrepresented-state-strategy/#comment-72 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 20:38:08 +0000 http://www.mtlsa.org/?p=1489#comment-72 In Montana we are collaboratively working to create a continuum of services available for those who cannot afford to pay the full fare for attorneys. We have established a court help program that provides self-help centers in more than a half dozen cities. We work to create forms that are easy to understand and navigate. We have placed self-help kiosks in three relatively rural communities that include live chat features for direct contact with people who can help with the navigation of websites. We have had an intensive effort to train public libraries on how to access forms and legal information, as well as to understand the pressures and confusion that the self-represented face. We have a Vista worker who is preparing Montana Trail Guides on discreet legal topics. Claiming Exempt Funds and Understanding Service of Process are the first two. Recently the Montana Supreme Court adopted new rules for expanding and explaining the ethical underpinnings of limited scope representation, including permissible ghost-writing. We also have full representation through both Montana Legal Services and a vibrant and committed pro bono program. Our judges are almost uniformly committed to providing equal access to the courts, but they need more training on how to accommodate SRLs. It takes a strong commitment from everyone — the State Bar of Montana, Montana Legal Services, the Courts, the State Law Library, and the Commission on Self-Represented Litigants to accomplish so much with so little money. We have a long way to go, but looking back I can see how far we have come!

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Comment on MLSA Executive Director Alison Paul Announces New Advocacy Blog by Mary Jane Knisely http://www.mtlsa.org/2011/03/mlsa-executive-director-alison-paul-announces-advocacy-blog-6/#comment-2 Fri, 01 Apr 2011 14:39:56 +0000 http://www.mtlsa.org/?p=1409#comment-2 Alison,This is a great idea to facilitate conversation and share ideas. Your enthusiasm will serve the State well.

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