New Funding for Tribal Survivors Legal Project

Helena- The Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) recently received a contract from the Northern Cheyenne Tribe under their Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. MLSA will receive $40,604 over two years to fund the Tribal

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New Funding for Domestic Violence Services in Dillon

Dillon- The Women’s Resource Center and the Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) recently received a grant to the Women’s Resource Center from the Office of Violence Against Women Rural Domestic Violence program in the amount of $327,918, to be disbursed

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Attorney Amy Hall Testifies Before the Montana Legislature

“We abolished incarceration of people who failed to pay their debts centuries ago. Do we want to return to the days of debtor’s prison?” MLSA Housing Attorney Amy Halls visited the Montana Legislature on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 to testify

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IRS Has Refunds of $3.5 Million for Montanans Who Have Not Filed Their 2013 Taxes

​The IRS announced today that about 3,600 Montanans have an average refund of $727 available to them if they file their 2013 tax refund before April 18, 2017.  You will lose your right to a refund for your 2013 taxes

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Need Help Finding Out How Much You Owe in Taxes?

Are you confused about how much you owe in taxes? This week the IRS launched a tool to allow taxpayers to review how much they owe on a secure website. The tool can be found here: https://www.irs.gov/payments/finding-out-how-much-you-owe   Do you

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MLSA Receives Increased Funding for Domestic Violence Services

Helena- The Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) recently received a grant from the Office of Violence Against Women for the Legal Assistance for Victims Grant program. MLSA will receive $400,000 over three years to fund the Survivors Legal Project to

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Client Success Story: Jason

Jason reached out to MLSA for help after he decided he wanted to end his abusive marriage. He found filing the paperwork to end his marriage on his own to be an overwhelming task, so MLSA assigned his case to

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MLSA Attorney Ed Higgins Receives George L. Bousliman Award

In August 2016, MLSA staff attorney Ed Higgins received the George L. Bousliman Professionalism Award from the Montana State Bar. The Bousliman Award recognizes lawyers who have established a reputation for professionalism and have demonstrated extraordinary professionalism by contributing time and

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Court Fees Often Serve as Barrier to Accessing Justice

When a Montana couple were facing eviction, they nearly became homeless for one reason: they couldn't afford to pay $60 in court fees that would allow them to respond to their eviction notice in court. They tried to file for

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Important Changes Coming for Taxpayers with ITINs

The IRS recently announced that they will require taxpayers who use Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) to renew their ITINs periodically on a rolling schedule, beginning this October. More information can be found here: https://www.irs.gov/uac/irs-works-to-help-taxpayers-affected-by-itin-changes-renewals-begin-in-october   If you use an

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Low-Income Taxpayers Clinic Outreach Coming Your Way!

Have a tax problem with the IRS? MLSA's Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) can help. LITC will be visiting community partners across the state this summer to expand access to legal services for taxpayers. Feel free to contact LITC to set

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Jerry Metcalf Foundation Helps Fund Medical-Legal Partnership

The Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) recently received a grant from the Jerry Metcalf Foundation in support of a staff attorney who provides services free of charge to Montanans living in poverty with health-harming civil legal needs whose solutions lay

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Yellowstone Club Community Foundation supports MLSA’s Survivor’s Legal Project

The Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) recently received a grant from the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation to help fund its Survivor’s Legal Project, which partners with Bozeman’s HAVEN domestic violence shelter, and targets the unmet civil legal needs of survivors

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The Treacy Foundation and NorthWestern Energy Help Support to MLSA

Thanks to the generosity of the Treacy Foundation, along with financial assistance from the NorthWestern Energy Charitable Giving Program, MLSA was recently able to purchase a car to be used by attorneys like Kallie Dale-Ramos, pictured right, on circuit rides

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MLSA Receives Funding to Help Preserve Native American Families’ Trust Land

The Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) recently received a contract to help fund its Indian Wills Project, aimed at assisting Native American Montanans on seven reservations to avoid losing their trust land upon death. The contract, for funding from the

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MLSA to Hold Community Conversations on Access to Justice

In honor of MLSA's 50th Anniversary of providing civil legal services to Montana’s most vulnerable citizens, MLSA is holding a series of community conversations on civil legal aid and access to justice. Titled “Justice for Some? A Conversation on Securing

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IRS Has Refunds of Over $3 Million Waiting for Montanans Who Have Not Filed Their 2012 Taxes

The IRS announced last week that about 3,500 Montanans have an average refund of $669 available to them if they file their 2012 tax refund before April 18, 2016.  You will lose your right to a refund for your 2012

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Access to Justice Commission to Examine Civil Legal Needs/Civil Legal Aid in Billings March 16

MLSA and other providers of civil legal aid, community services, and judicial and political leaders will meet Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Billings, to discuss civil access to justice in the Billings area and in Montana. The forum is part of a statewide

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March is the Final Month to Take Advantage of Health Insurance Special Enrollment Period for Those Who Need to File 2014 Taxes

If you tried to enroll in healthcare coverage on the federal Marketplace earlier this year and were told you were ineligible for coverage because you had not filed your 2014 taxes or reconciled your 2014 advance payment premium tax credit

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Do you know about MLSA’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic?

 The LITC helps low-income taxpayers in Montana with federal tax problems. The LITC will be busy during tax season. Check out the list of events below where the LITC will provide information about its services and/or provide help with federal

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MLK Jr. Day: A day of service

Across the US, many are making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a day on, not off . . . volunteering in their communities and honoring Dr. King's legacy through service. MLSA staff and Americorps members are pleased to be joining

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MLSA Seeks Developer for Interactive Family Law Forms

Montana Legal Services Association is seeking a HotDocs and A2J developer to automate a series of interactive family law forms for MLSA and our partner the Montana Access to Justice Commission / Self-Represented Litigants Committee. Interactive forms allow users to

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LawHelper: Find the legal info you need

Now featuring the LawHelper! The LawHelper is the new interactive tool on www.MontanaLawHelp.org designed to help users determine what options they have for representing themselves in court, finding a private attorney, or solving rental problems. Users start by telling the

Posted in Access to Justice, Housing, The Legal System

MLSA Gives Thanks

  MLSA staff wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving and shares what we are thankful for:   Opportunity to serve our clients in ways that not only make a difference in the clients' lives but also strengthens our communities. Work which

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Health Care Coverage and You – What are your options?

As you may know November 2nd marked the beginning of Open Enrollment for healthcare coverage through the Marketplace. It’s crucial that you investigate your options and find coverage that is right for you and your family. Failure to have health

Posted in Access to Justice, Announcements, Families and Kids, Health Care, Public Benefits, Support

MLSA to Provide Civil Legal Aid to Patients Through Montana Health Justice Partnership

Montana Legal Services Association has been funded as a partner of the Montana Health Justice Partnership, a pilot program to address the health-harming civil legal needs of patients whose health solutions lay outside the boundaries of medicine. The Montana Health

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Celebrate Pro Bono Week!

      With only 13 full time staff attorneys, Montana Legal Services relies on pro bono (free) attorneys to help bridge the gap in access to justice for low income Montanans. In 2014, over 300 pro bono attorneys assisted

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MLSA Will Attend Veteran Stand Down in Missoula Oct 29

MLSA AmeriCorps members will attend the Missoula Stand Down on October 29, 2015, from 9:00am – 3:00pm and provide general legal information, self-help resources, and legal referrals to attendees. The Stand Down will take place at the American Legion at

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MLSA Shares View on Access to Justice During Forum

MLSA, along with other legal and social providers, shared information about the state of access to justice in Montana to a listening panel of legal, governmental, and policy leaders in Kalispell this week during a forum hosted by the Montana

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MLSA Will Attend Billings Veteran Stand Down Oct 15

MLSA AmeriCorps members will attend the Billings Stand Down on October 15, 2015, from 9:00am – 2:00pm and provide general legal information, self-help resources, and legal referrals to attendees. The Stand Down will take place at the Al Bedoo Shrine Auditorium

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50th Anniversary Kickoff with MLSA’s Own Beer, Justice for Alt

  MLSA will hold its 50th Anniversary kickoff tonight, October 6, from 5-8pm at the Blackfoot River Brewing Company. The kickoff, which includes the roll-out of an altbier brewed for MLSA, appropriately named "Justice for Alt," is part of a Community Partnership

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Record Number of Domestic Violence Deaths in Montana

Before you read this article, please know: An abuser can track your computer and Internet use. Learn more about using a safer computer and keeping your computer sessions private. ————————————————————————————————————————————————- Domestic violence, relationship abuse, stalking, sexual assault . . .

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MLSA to Attend Libby Veteran Stand Down Oct 3

MLSA AmeriCorps members will attend the Libby Veteran Stand Down on Saturday, October 3, where they will provide general legal information, self-help resources, and legal referrals to attendees. The Stand Down will take place at the VFW Post 1548, at

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MLSA Celebrates American Indian Heritage Day!

MLSA Celebrates American Indian Heritage Day[/caption]For years, MLSA has been honored to collaborate with Montana Tribal Nations to provide effective services to Tribal members both in and out of court. With MLSA, Tribal members protect their rights against illegal and

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MLSA at Sidney Stand Down Sept 25-26

MLSA AmeriCorps members will attend the Sidney Stand Down on Sept 25 and 26, where they will provide general legal information, self-help resources, and legal referrals to attendees. The Stand Down will take place at the Richland County Event Center,

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State Bar Passes Resolution Supporting MLSA

On September 10, 2015, the State Bar of Montana passed a resolution of support for MLSA. Specifically, the resolution urges Congress to maintain its commitment to access to justice for low-income people and to increase federal funding for civil legal

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MLSA to Attend Great Falls Veteran Stand Down Sept 17-18, 2015

MLSA is pleased to attend the Veteran Stand Down in Great Falls on Sept 17 and 18. The Stand Down will take place at the Montana ExpoPark in the Mercantile Building. MLSA AmeriCorps members will provide general legal information, self-help

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MLSA Hosts a Cheers for Charity at Draught Works Brewery

MLSA and Draught Works Brewery are teaming up to help protect and enhance the civil legal rights of, and promote systemic change for, Montanans living in poverty. On Tuesday September 22, 2015 Draught Works will donate 50 cents of every

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Montana Online Child Support Calculator

Do You Need to Calculate Child Support for Your Parenting Plan or Dissolution? Are you representing yourself in a court case involving a marital dissolution or parenting plan? Do you need to calculate child support for your case? Use the

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Legal Information at Project Homeless Connect / Kalispell

Are you homeless or at risk of becoming homeless? Do you need general legal information and resources? Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) will be attending the 2015 Kalispell Project Homeless Connect event on Wednesday, June 17. Come find answers to

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MLSA to Attend Bozeman Veteran Stand Down June 13

  MLSA is pleased to attend the Veteran Stand Down in Bozeman on June 13. The event will take place at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds from 7:45am – 12:30pm. 'MLSA AmeriCorps members and/or staff will provide general legal information, self-help

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MLSA to Attend Veteran Stand Down in Kalispell May 30

MLSA is pleased to attend the Veteran Stand Down in Kalispell on May 30. The Stand Down will take place at the Evergreen Fire Hall (2236 Highway 2 East, Evergreen MT) from 9am – 2pm. MLSA AmeriCorps members and/or staff

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MLSA Guest Blog Post for Legal Aid Ontario: An Evolution for Quality Service Delivery

MLSA was recently glad to accomodate Legal Aid Ontario's request for an article for its blog on how MLSA's delivery of services to clients has changed over the years. Having done the hard work of changing with the times to

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May 1 is Law Day!

Today we reflect on and honor law. Law gives us rights. It gives us a process to protect our rights. Law is important to us as individuals and as a country. Law is important whether or not we have legal

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April is Fair Housing Month!

The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, familial status or disability in the sale or rental of housing. If you are a Montanan who has experienced housing discrimination,

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2014 Montana Pro Bono Report Released

The Montana Supreme Court and the State Bar of Montana recently released the State’s 2014 attorney pro bono report.  The report details the involvement of Montana attorneys in pro bono work across the state and provides detailed information on the

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MLSA to Attend Homeless Connect Events in Missoula, Billings

MLSA will attend two events targeted to address the needs of the homeless in Missoula and Billings. MLSA will attend the Missoula Project Homeless Connect on January 30th from 10am -3pm at the First United Methodist Church (300 E. Main).

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MT Court Help Program Seeks State Funding

MLSA partner, the Montana Supreme Court – Court Help Program, is seeking permanent state funding to continue its service to self-represented litigants across the state.  The Court Help Program, like MLSA, provides legal information and referrals to self-represented litigants with

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Taking a Look at Food Stamps in Montana

Food Stamps in Montana… During the holiday season, when plates get piled high with family meals, this becomes the hallmark image of how people celebrate and eat around this time of year. However, thinking about how food gets to those

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MLSA to Develop Comprehensive No-Cost Legal Services for Victims of Crime

Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA), in partnership with the Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC), will implement the Vision 21 Victim Legal Assistance Network (Network), providing comprehensive, wraparound, no-cost legal services for victims of crime through a coordinated network of

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Need Affordable Health Insurance?

Enroll Now November 15, 2014 marked the Open Enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. This makes health insurance available for some low income Montanans. The Open Enrollment is for both people who are new to the marketplace,

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MLSA Receives Funding from the Sample Foundation

The Sample Foundation, a private family foundation located in Billings, has granted $10,000 to Montana Legal Services Association  to help purchase a reliable, safe vehicle for legal aid advocates to reach rural, remote, and Native American clients. MLSA attorneys serving

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MLSA to Create Updated Interactive Family Law Forms for Self-Represented Litigants

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has granted $52,946 to enable Montana Legal Services Association to create new interactive family law forms for self-represented litigants. Interactive forms allow a computer user to answer questions in an online interview. The answers populate

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Pro Bono Celebration Week

Do you know that this week is a National Pro Bono Celebration? At Montana Legal Services Association, we like to celebrate Pro Bono attorneys and legal professionals all year long. Pro Bono legal professionals make justice happen for many Montanans.

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MLSA Receives Funding from Steele-Reese Foundation

The Steele-Reese Foundation has granted $30,000 to Montana Legal Services Association to support civil legal assistance to rural Montanans living in poverty. The funding will help assure fairness for all in the justice system by protecting low-income Montanans’ legal rights

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MLSA Receives Innovative Community Improvement Award

Citing Montana Legal Services Association's (MLSA) technology and service delivery innovations to improve Montana communities, the Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC) presented the 2014 Innovative Community Improvement Award to MLSA during MBCC's annual Crime Prevention Conference on October 8,

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Do you know that October is domestic violence awareness month? Domestic violence, relationship abuse, stalking, sexual assault . . . All such forms of violence are more common than we like to admit. Sometimes we suspect someone we know is

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Nominate a Law Student for Pro Bono Award

  Nominations are open now until October 3, 2014, for the Montana Law Student Pro Bono Service Award. The award is a collaborative effort between the University of Montana Law School, private firms and attorneys, Montana Legal Services Association, and

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MLSA Awarded Pro Bono Innovation Grant / Director Alison Paul Speaking on Innovation at LSC 40th Anniversary

Pictured: Alison Paul Receiving Grant Award at LSC 40th Anniversary MLSA is honored to be among the inaugural recipients of a new national pro bono initiative by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to address the civil legal needs of low-income

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MLSA Justice For Montanans Members Serve and Celebrate for AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary

"Montana is a better place to live, to work, to raise a family because of the investment of time, energy and enthusiasm of AmeriCorps members." — Governor Steve Bullock MLSA Justice for Montanans members join Governor Bullock in a service

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MLSA Cheers for Charity Fundraiser – Missoula – Sept 9

Come join the fun at the MLSA Cheers for Charity Fundraiser in Missoula on Sept 9 at Draught Works and support MLSA! Draughtworks will donate $0.50 from each pint sold between 5-8pm to support MLSA projects. This is our second

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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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Build Your Own Legal Case

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

Posted in Access to Justice, Self-Help, The Legal System

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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April is Fair Housing Month!

The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, familial status or disability in the sale or rental of housing. If you are a Montanan who has experienced housing discrimination,

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New MLSA Pro Bono Program Coordinator

MLSA is pleased to announce that Angie Wagenhals is MLSA’s full-time pro bono coordinator. Angie has worked with MLSA since 2011 as a program assistant with pro bono coordination duties, but now will dedicate all her time to support pro

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MLSA’s Alison Paul Awarded National Medical-Legal Fellowship

Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) Executive Director Alison Paul has been selected for a national medical-legal fellowship in the “Where Health Meets Justice” program. This fellowship was awarded to 24 leaders providing legal aid to the poor and is designed

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MLSA Attorneys Honored as Champions of Justice

MLSA is pleased to announce that MLSA attorneys Bob LaRoche and Amy Hall have been honored with the Montana Justice Foundation's (MJF) Champions of Justice awards. Also honored are several individuals nominated by MLSA for their work with MLSA’s pro

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MLSA Attorneys Admitted to Fort Belknap Bar

MLSA attorneys Jen Hill-Hart and Joe Hardgrave were recently admitted to the Fort Belknap Tribal Bar. Ms. Hill-Hart is also a member of the bar of the Chippewa-Cree at Rocky Boy and Mr. Hardgrave is a member of the bars

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MLSA Shares Expertise on Providing Access to Justice through Technology

Alison Paul, MLSA Executive Director, recently participated in a panel discussion in Austin, Texas, on how technological innovations can facilitate access to justice. MLSA, known nationwide as a leader in legal aid technological innovation, participated in the panel to share

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Low Income Taxpayer Clinic At Tax Help Day

MLSA's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) recently attended the Tax Help Day event in Helena, along with other tax-related service providers. At the event, LITC presented information about LITC and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to both individuals and

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Legal Services for Homeless Montanans

MLSA attorneys and AmeriCorps members recently attended the Billings Community Connect and Missoula Homeless Connect events, providing legal information to approximately 300 people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. MLSA addressed attendees’ legal needs by providing legal topic brochures,

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MLSA and the War on Poverty

Fifty years ago in January, President Lyndon B. Johnson called for an “unconditional war on poverty.”  A year later MLSA began providing legal services to low-income Montanans and joined that fight. How does MLSA fight poverty, you may wonder? The

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Support MLSA with AmazonSmile

Montana Legal Services Association Just in time for the holiday season, Montana Legal Services Association is part of the AmazonSmile program. For each eligible purchase you make on Amazon.com, 0.5% of the sale is donated to MLSA through AmazonSmile. It’s

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Tribal Nations and MLSA

During Montana's American Indian Heritage Day (Fourth Friday in September) and National Native American Heritage Month (November), we take the opportunity to look back on MLSA's collaborations with Montana's Tribal Nations. For over 30 years, MLSA has been honored to

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Veterans Day

  MLSA gives honor and thanks to veterans and military members today and every day. We appreciate the sacrifices made by all on this special day and commit to providing the best legal services we can in aid of the

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Montana Businesses Donate Prizes for Pro Bono Attorneys

Montana pro bono attorneys won prizes donated by several businesses from across the state in raffle drawings this week during the National Pro Bono Celebration. Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) organized the drawings in honor of the attorneys who provide

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Emily Lucas Wins Montana Law Student Pro Bono Service Award

Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) and the University of Montana School of Law are proud to announce third  year law student Emily Lucas as this year’s recipient of the Montana Law Student Pro Bono Service Award. The award-including a $500

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Celebrate Pro Bono!

Do you know that this week is a National Pro Bono Celebration? At Montana Legal Services Association, we like to celebrate Pro Bono attorneys and legal professionals all year long. Pro Bono legal professionals make justice happen for many Montanans.

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Get Help for Relationship Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Stalking

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We encourage you to share this information with your friends, family, and coworkers in an effort to help those who suffer abuse. ***** Domestic violence, relationship abuse, stalking, sexual assault . . .

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MLSA Former Executive Director Klaus Sitte Wins Jameson Award

  The State Bar of Montana awarded former MLSA Executive Director Klaus Sitte with the prestigious Jameson Award during the Bar's dinner banquet September 19, 2013. Named after the late Montana federal judge William J. Jameson, the award goes annually

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Five Veteran Stand Downs span Montana this autumn

Five Veteran Stand Downs will take place in the months of September and October across Montana in Helena, Poplar, Hamilton, Great Falls and Libby. The concept of the Veteran Stand Down was created by two Vietnam veterans, Robert Van Keuren

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Jobs, Justice, Freedom: the 50th Anniversary of “I Have a Dream”

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech.  Over the weekend civil rights leaders addressed thousands in front of the Lincoln Memorial calling for justice, equal access,

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Text with Caution: Direct Express Scam

texting scam

A recent press release by the the Social Security Administration has warned consumers of a texting scam involving “Direct Express” cards. The Direct Express card is used by the U.S. Treasury as an alternative to direct deposit for those who

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Need Low-Cost Health Insurance? You may be eligible for Health Insurance Marketplace coverage

Under the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called “Obamacare”), many low-income Montanans may be eligible to get help to pay for health insurance.  The help comes in the form of subsidies or tax credits. The amount of the subsidy or tax

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MLSA Volunteers for United Way Day of Action

MLSA personnel from Missoula volunteered at the 17th Annual United Way Day of Action. The Day of Action is a community-wide day of hands-on volunteering coordinated by the United Way of Missoula County to connect volunteers from local businesses with

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Veteran Stand Down – Bozeman – June 15, 2013

Bozeman is hosting its 3rd Annual Veteran Stand Down this Saturday, June 15, 2013. Veterans can receive haircuts, healthcare, dental work, job counseling, and can meet with state and federal officials who will work to make sure veterans are enrolled

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Beth Hayes featured in The Missoulian

Montana Legal Services Association attorney Beth Hayes was recently featured in The Missoulian’s “20 Under 40”. Hayes has been with MLSA for 3 1/2 years. Thank you for all your hard work in helping low-income Montanans, Beth! (Article from The

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MLSA en Español

MLSA has recently constructed a new webpage dedicated to resources in Spanish. This makes connecting with Spanish speakers much easier. The webpage has a simple, obvious name: ‘En Español’. A link to the page is provided on the MLSA homepage,

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Don’t Get Scammed-Many Montana Legal Forms are FREE

Do you need a legal form for a Montana case? Don't get scammed–many forms are offered for free. Every year at MLSA we hear of unfortunate people who end up paying for forms that can be found for free. If

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Veterans Stand Downs Scheduled Across Montana

Several Veterans Stand Downs have occurred and are scheduled across Montana. The US Department of Veterans Affairs coordinates with local VA and community partners to host Stand Downs to provide services to veterans, focusing on homeless veterans. Stand Downs typically

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Online application returns, improved for efficiency

online application

After a five month hiatus, the online application for Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) has returned. Since September, 2012, MLSA staff have been working to improve how the online application is received, its ease of use, and other implementations to

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May 1 is Law Day!

Today we reflect on and honor law. Law gives us rights. It gives us a process to protect our rights. Law is important to us as individuals and as a country. Law is important whether or not we have legal

Posted in Access to Justice, The Legal System, Uncategorized

Fair Housing is Your Right: Use It!

April is Fair Housing Month. Incited in part by the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., one week prior, Congress passed Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act in 1968, known as the Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act

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MLSA Staff Attends Training

Broad-Based Legal Advocacy MLSA attorneys and staff recently attended training on broad-based legal advocacy. Hannah E.M. Lieberman, national consultant with extensive litigation and legal practice management experience, provided the training. Broad-based legal advocacy achieves good outcomes for clients and others.

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Tax Information and Help

Do you know how to file your taxes for free? Do you need tax help? Are you in a dispute with the IRS?     Let MLSA point you in the right direction.   ► MontanaFreeFile.org is available for Montanans to

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MLSA Year in Review

Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) has big goals for 2013 and we'll share those in future blogs. But first, we’d like to tell about just a few of the major accomplishments we —with your help—achieved last year: Helped clients with

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MLSA Helps Survivors of Domestic Abuse

In October, MLSA has blogged each Thursday on relationship abuse/sexual abuse/stalking topics in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We encourage you to share the information we blog on with your friends, family, and coworkers. — Please note: Always

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Pro Bono Celebration This Week

Do you know that this week is a National Pro Bono Celebration?At Montana Legal Services Association, we like to celebrate Pro Bono Attorneys all year long. Do you know that in 2012 so far, MLSA has placed 289 cases with

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Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission

This post is by guest author Matt Dale, Director of the Montana Office of Consumer Protection & Victim Services, as part of the MLSA Advocacy Blog’s focus on domestic violence issues this October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. MLSA thanks Matt

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Relationship Abuse/Sexual Abuse/Stalking – Get Help and Information

In October, MLSA will blog each Thursday on relationship abuse/sexual abuse/stalking topics in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We encourage you to share the information we blog on with your friends, family, and coworkers. ***** Domestic violence, relationship

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3 Women Die Each Day Because of Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month The National Network to End Domestic Violence reports that 3 women die each day because of domestic violence. 1 woman in 4 experiences domestic violence in her lifetime. Startling statistics, right? But those stats are

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Billings Gazette Opinion: Reaching Justice – Montanans Need Access to Courts

The Billings Gazette newspaper recently published an opinon about the Montana Supreme Court Self-Help Law Center in Billings. Click here to read the article.Want more information–including location and hours–of all the Montana Supreme Court Self-Help Law Centers in the state? Click

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MLSA Receives Competitive Mary Byron Award

Helena- The Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) recently received a competitive award from the Mary Byron Project for its innovative domestic violence prevention efforts. MLSA received a cash award of $10,000. The Mary Byron Project has made the prestigious Celebrating

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New Report Released on Civil Legal Aid in Montana

On December 28, 2016, the Access to Justice Commission released a report detailing its findings on the state of civil legal aid in Montana.  The report, which is based on information gathered during seven public forums on access to justice

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