Montana Legal Services Association http://www.mtlsa.org A non-profit legal aid organization that provides free legal assistance to low-income Montanans Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:49:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 MLSA Trains Law Enforcement at Rocky Boy’s Reservation http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/08/mlsa-trains-law-enforcement-rocky-boys/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mlsa-trains-law-enforcement-rocky-boys http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/08/mlsa-trains-law-enforcement-rocky-boys/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:58:17 +0000 http://www.mtlsa.org/?p=5197 Link to post: MLSA Trains Law Enforcement at Rocky Boy’s Reservation

MLSA staff attorney Jennifer Hill-Hart recently trained law enforcement at Rocky Boy's Reservation on domestic violence issues. Alongside trainers from the FBI, Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and others, Ms. Hill-Hart provided information and resources on identifying domestic

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MLSA training law enforcement

MLSA staff attorney Jennifer Hill-Hart recently trained law enforcement at Rocky Boy's Reservation on domestic violence issues.

Alongside trainers from the FBI, Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and others, Ms. Hill-Hart provided information and resources on identifying domestic violence and determining predominate aggressors in domestic violence situations.

MLSA legal experts are available for training on many legal subjects. If your agency or organization is interested in training, please contact MLSA with your request.

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Build Your Own Legal Case http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/08/build-legal-case/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=build-legal-case http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/08/build-legal-case/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:24:49 +0000 http://www.mtlsa.org/?p=5185 Link to post: Build Your Own Legal Case

    The Missoula Independent explores the challenges of pro se litigants in Montana.

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Missoula Independent Cover

 

 

The Missoula Independent explores the challenges of pro se litigants in Montana.

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MLSA HelpLine Hours Changed http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/08/mlsa-helpline-hours-change/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mlsa-helpline-hours-change http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/08/mlsa-helpline-hours-change/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:42:18 +0000 http://www.mtlsa.org/?p=5151 Link to post: MLSA HelpLine Hours Changed

Due to a staff shortage, the MLSA HelpLine hours have changed temporarily. The new hours are: Monday – Friday 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm   If you try to call the HelpLine and can't get through, please remember you can apply using

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Due to a staff shortage, the MLSA HelpLine hours have changed temporarily.

The new hours are:

Monday – Friday 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm

 

If you try to call the HelpLine and can't get through, please remember you can apply using our online application or mail/fax in a paper applicationEspanol.

We expect the temporary HelpLine hours to remain in effect until approximately September 12. At that time we hope to resume regular HelpLine hours (7:30am-6:00pm).

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

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Have Fun and Support MLSA at PintAid! (August 4) http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/07/fun-support-mlsa-pintaid-aug-4/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fun-support-mlsa-pintaid-aug-4 http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/07/fun-support-mlsa-pintaid-aug-4/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:37:15 +0000 http://www.mtlsa.org/?p=5120 Link to post: Have Fun and Support MLSA at PintAid! (August 4)

Come have a pint of beer and support MLSA on Monday Aug 4 at PintAid at The Garage (Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company) in Billings. For every pint purchased, the Garage will donate $1.00 to MLSA! The fun begins at 6pm

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PintAid

Come have a pint of beer and support MLSA on Monday Aug 4 at PintAid at The Garage (Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company) in Billings.

For every pint purchased, the Garage will donate $1.00 to MLSA!

The fun begins at 6pm and runs through 8pm. We're going to have a rocking band and some lively legal trivia. All that and good beer with $1 per pint donated to civil legal aid—It doesn't get any better than that!

 

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MLSA Congratulates Crime Victim Advocates of the Year http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/07/mlsa-congratulates-crime-victim-advocates/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mlsa-congratulates-crime-victim-advocates http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/07/mlsa-congratulates-crime-victim-advocates/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:33:23 +0000 http://www.mtlsa.org/?p=5104 Link to post: MLSA Congratulates Crime Victim Advocates of the Year

Kelly Erickson-HAVEN (Bozeman), Angie Fox-Yellowstone County Attorney's Office (Billings), and Janel Pliley, Adult Protective Services (Powell County), were recently recognized for their exemplary service in 2014 by Montana's Attorney General Tim Fox. Jan Berry, MLSA Supervising Attorney-Domestic Violence Practice Group,

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Kelly Erickson-HAVEN (Bozeman), Angie Fox-Yellowstone County Attorney's Office (Billings), and Janel Pliley, Adult Protective Services (Powell County), were recently recognized for their exemplary service in 2014 by Montana's Attorney General Tim Fox.

Jan Berry, MLSA Supervising Attorney-Domestic Violence Practice Group, wrote a letter of recommendation for Ms. Erickson and presented at a ceremony in Bozeman.

MLSA attorneys and legal staff work closely with victim advocates across the state on individual cases, policies and procedures, and education for both the public and professionals working with crime victims. MLSA congratulates the crime victim advocates of 2014.

Learn more about MLSA's Domestic Violence Practice Group here.

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MLSA Wins Commuter Challenge http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/07/mlsa-wins-commuter-challenge/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mlsa-wins-commuter-challenge http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/07/mlsa-wins-commuter-challenge/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:26:32 +0000 http://www.mtlsa.org/?p=5018 Link to post: MLSA Wins Commuter Challenge

MLSA's Missoula office has won Missoula's "Commuter Challenge" in the small non-profit category for the second year in a row. The challenge, a week-long event encouraging people to adapt sustainable forms of commuting to work, is sponsored by Missoula in

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MLSA's Missoula office has won Missoula's "Commuter Challenge" in the small non-profit category for the second year in a row.

Missoula in Motion

The challenge, a week-long event encouraging people to adapt sustainable forms of commuting to work, is sponsored by Missoula in Motion.

 

Way to go Missoula MLSA!

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Montana Supreme Court Case Helps Homeowners http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/05/montana-supreme-court-case-helps-homeowners/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=montana-supreme-court-case-helps-homeowners http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/05/montana-supreme-court-case-helps-homeowners/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 18:04:27 +0000 http://www.mtlsa.org/?p=4750 Link to post: Montana Supreme Court Case Helps Homeowners

The Montana Supreme Court recently entered a decision in Morrow v. Bank of America, N.A., that may help Montanans who have experienced abuse or misconduct at the hands of their mortgage loan servicers and/or are in the foreclosure process.   

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MT Supreme Court Decision, Morrow vs. Bank of America, N.A.

The Montana Supreme Court recently entered a decision in Morrow v. Bank of America, N.A., that may help Montanans who have experienced abuse or misconduct at the hands of their mortgage loan servicers and/or are in the foreclosure process.   

The homeowners in the case, the Morrows, made several claims in District Court against Bank of America about the servicing of their mortgage.  Several claims related to discussions between bank employees and the Morrows, such as instructions to the Morrows to skip a payment intentionally and to ignore notices of acceleration. The Morrows also asserted that bank employees repeatedly told them over the phone that they were approved for a modification, but they received letters denying their applications for modification and ultimately received notice of a scheduled trustee’s sale of their property. 

The District Court granted summary judgment to the bank on all of the Morrows’ claims, in essence ending their suit without any relief for them.


The Morrows appealed to the Montana Supreme Court, asking that the summary judgment on their claims be reversed.  MLSA filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief with the Montana Supreme Court, supporting the Morrows’ appeal. During oral argument, the justices asked the attorneys for the Morrows and the bank questions about MLSA’s brief, including questions about the nature of a mortgage servicer’s duty to a borrower.


On May 7, the Montana Supreme Court reversed the District Court's order with respect to several of the homeowners’ claims, including actual fraud, constructive fraud, negligent misrepresentation, negligence, and violation of the Montana Consumer Protection Act.  This means the Morrows can now take those claims to trial. The decision allows the Morrows a chance to have a jury decide their claims and opens the door to other homeowners with similar claims to try their cases. It also clarifies several aspects of Montana law about the standards mortgage servicers must meet, and will help to promote servicers’ compliance with those standards in the future.

More Information:

Last Best News article

Billings Gazette article

The full version of the Montana Supreme Court’s decision is available here.  A synopsis of the decision is available here.

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MLSA Holds Legal Clinic for Remote Clients Using Computer Tablets http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/05/mlsa-holds-legal-advice-clinic-remotely-located-clients-computer-tablets/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mlsa-holds-legal-advice-clinic-remotely-located-clients-computer-tablets http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/05/mlsa-holds-legal-advice-clinic-remotely-located-clients-computer-tablets/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 22:36:22 +0000 http://www.mtlsa.org/?p=4739 Link to post: MLSA Holds Legal Clinic for Remote Clients Using Computer Tablets

MLSA recently held a clinic using computer tablets that allowed an MLSA attorney located in Missoula to give “face-to-face” legal advice to clients in another community. MLSA staff attorney Diana Garrett and each clinic participant used specially formatted tablets to

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MLSA recently held a clinic using computer tablets that allowed an MLSA attorney located in Missoula to give “face-to-face” legal advice to clients in another community.


MLSA staff attorney Diana Garrett and each clinic participant used specially formatted tablets to discuss the participant’s case. Ms. Garrett and the participants were able to view and speak to one another using the tablets, as well as to review documents.


The participants, domestic violence survivors with family law issues, reported that using the tablets was a positive experience and more helpful than simply using the telephone because of the ability to see the attorney with whom they were speaking. Ms. Garrett also found using the tablets more helpful in providing advice to clients than speaking over the telephone and a valuable experience.

A Legal Services Corporation Technology Initiative Grant funded MLSA’s purchase of the tablets. MLSA will continue to use the tablets to provide more services to remote clients throughout Montana in clinics as well as through other means.

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MLSA to Provide Services at Veteran Stand Downs Across Montana http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/05/mlsa-attend-veteran-stand-downs-montana/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mlsa-attend-veteran-stand-downs-montana http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/05/mlsa-attend-veteran-stand-downs-montana/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 21:49:55 +0000 http://www.mtlsa.org/?p=4703 Link to post: MLSA to Provide Services at Veteran Stand Downs Across Montana

MLSA is pleased to attend Veteran Stand Downs across Montana this spring through fall. MLSA AmeriCorps "Justice for Montanans" members, MLSA staff, and Justice for Montanans members from the Montana Court Help Program and the Montana Office of Consumer Protection

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US FlagMLSA is pleased to attend Veteran Stand Downs across Montana this spring through fall.

MLSA AmeriCorps "Justice for Montanans" members, MLSA staff, and Justice for Montanans members from the Montana Court Help Program and the Montana Office of Consumer Protection will provide general legal information, self-help resources, and legal referrals to Stand Down attendees.

Veteran Stand Downs provide homeless veterans with life resources such as food, clothing, healthcare, legal help, job counseling, etc. More than that, Stand Downs also help to provide struggling veterans with a sense of community and acceptance.

Vietnam veterans Robert Van Keuren and Dr. Jon Nachinson held the first Veteran Stand Down in 1988 in the city of San Diego. Since then, Stand Downs have grown in popularity, and events are now held in hundreds of locations across the nation every year.


See Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information on these and more Stand Downs we plan to attend.

May 10 – Anaconda: Anaconda Armory / 101 Polk Ave / Saturday 9am-4pm (MLSA will not attend Sunday.)

May 31 – Kalispell

June 7 – Bozeman         

 

June 28 – Missoula: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Missoula Armed Forces Reserve Center (New Armory)

9883 Running W Road, Missoula

(Across from Yogi Bears Jellystone Park on Hwy 93 North)

 

June 28- Trout Creek: 8am to approx. 1pm

Trout Creek Park (9 Park Street)


August 1 and 2 – Hamilton: MLSA will attend both days from 9am – around 3pm, National Guard Armory

 

September 12 – Glendive

September 12 – Dillon

October 4 – Libby


Montana Legal Services Association 

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Celebrate Law Day: Why Every Vote Matters http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/05/celebrate-law-day/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=celebrate-law-day http://www.mtlsa.org/2014/05/celebrate-law-day/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 15:13:03 +0000 http://www.mtlsa.org/?p=4669 Link to post: Celebrate Law Day: Why Every Vote Matters

    “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.”   Abraham Lincoln’s words are those that most of us recognize in some form or fashion. The phrase describes our nation’s democratic ideal, that government should have only

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“Government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

 

Abraham Lincoln’s words are those that most of us recognize in some form or fashion. The phrase describes our nation’s democratic ideal, that government should have only the powers that citizens give it.

Voting is the way that we, ordinary people, give the government its powers. Take away our right to vote and you take away our democracy. Over the years however, there have been many struggles and challenges in providing all Americans the means to vote. Even today, not everyone can easily and freely exercise his or her right to vote.

This Law Day we encourage you to learn more about the importance of voting rights, and to reflect on how honoring every American’s right to vote is the only way to preserve our democracy for which so many have fought and given their lives.

Learn More

American Bar Association President Silkenat on why every vote matters:

Voting Rights – Wikipedia

Voting Rights – US Department of Justice

 

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