Coronavirus Update

In order to preserve public health, MLSA is only providing legal services by phone or email:

  • To apply for legal services, please call our Helpline at 1-800-666-6899 or use our online application.
  • Free legal clinics will not take place in person. If you are scheduled for a legal clinic, you will be contacted with details.
  • You can find free legal information related to COVID-19 at MontanaLawHelp.org.
  • Read below for more detailed information.

Montana Legal Services Association is dedicated to providing free legal services safely and effectively to low income individuals. We understand the concern and uncertainty that our clients, volunteers, and employees may be experiencing due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). MLSA is a community oriented organization and we take our role in promoting the public good seriously. In this challenging time, working for the public good includes keeping ourselves and our community safe and healthy.

MLSA is closing all of its offices to the public until at least April 10. This is subject to change as we learn more about COVID-19. Through the end of April 2020, MLSA’s free legal clinics will also not take place in person. Arrangements will be made for clients to receive assistance virtually. We encourage clients to use email or telephone communication to access our services and to submit legal documents electronically.

Clients may still access MLSA’s intake through the phone or online. We encourage everyone seeking legal help to use our online system and to be patient. People seeking assistance can apply here.

You can find legal information and resources related to the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak, including information about worker’s rights following job closures, at MontanaLawHelp.org. This information will continue to be updated as the situation evolves.

MLSA is grateful to have dedicated volunteers. We will continue to use our Pro Bono Connect Phone Advice Project to virtually connect volunteer attorneys to eligible clients. We expect current assignments to continue and will support volunteers who need additional technological assistance to complete their services.

As of March 27, 2020, Montana has more than 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We are taking these precautions to help reduce the risk of infection in our community and to be able to provide safe legal services. For current updates and information, please refer to the Montana DPHHS’s Coronavirus website and the CDC website. We will provide regular updates for our clients, volunteers, and employees as the situation changes.

While there is no way to anticipate exactly how this virus will affect our community, we recognize that COVID-19 will have a greater impact on low income individuals, who will bear the brunt of economic, food, employment, and health insecurity. We anticipate an influx in requests for legal assistance as people navigate the healthcare system, continue to pay bills on reduced wages, and other unforeseen consequences of COVID-19. Please consider volunteering your time and generously donating to help low income Montanans during this uncertain time.