Montana Legal Services Association offers brochures on a number of common civil legal issues, including family law, housing needs, public benefits, and more. These brochures are intended to provide a basic overview of certain legal issues and may not cover your specific legal problem. You can find additional legal information and legal forms at MontanaLawHelp.org.
If you are a service organization interested in offering these brochures to your clients, you are welcome to download and print as many brochures as you need. You can also request that MLSA send you printed copies of the brochures free of charge by emailing us through our contact form.
Hiring a Lawyer
Learn how lawyers set their fees, how to choose a lawyer, and how to work with a lawyer.
MLSA Helpline Flyer
This flyer has information on the kinds of legal problems MLSA helps with, and how to apply.
MLSA Overview of Services
Montana Legal Services Association provides free civil legal help to eligible clients. Learn what kind of help is available, and how to apply.
Learn about the law and court process in Montana for emancipation of a minor.
Learn how you can get married in Montana, and what you must do to be considered common law married.
Learn what a Parenting Plan is, how to ask the court for one, and how the court will decide parenting time and responsibilities.
Dissolution of Marriage
The legal term for a divorce in Montana is a “Dissolution of Marriage.” Learn about the law and court process for a divorce in Montana.
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
Learn what the law says about domestic violence in Montana, and what you can do to keep yourself safe.
Orders of Protection: Representing Yourself
Orders of Protection are designed to stop violent or harassing behavior. Learn how to represent yourself in a court hearing for an Order of Protection.
Orders of Protection: Evidence
Orders of Protection are designed to stop violent or harassing behavior. Learn about what you can use as evidence in a court hearing for an Order of Protection.
Safety Planning for Victims of Domestic Violence
Learn what you can do to help keep yourself safe from your abuser or an ex.
Children and Domestic Violence
Learn about the effects of domestic violence on children, and what you can do to help kids who have grown up with domestic violence
A landlord who wants to evict you can only evict you with a court order signed by a judge. Learn about the court process and your rights during an eviction.
Learn what you can do to protect your security deposit when moving in or out of a rental.
The law says your landlord must make repairs that affect the health and safety of your rental. Learn what you can do to get your landlord to make repairs.
Your Landlord’s Right to Enter Your Rental Unit
The law says that your landlord does not have the right to enter your unit whenever they want. Learn when your landlord can enter your rental, and for what reasons.
Public Housing and the Housing Choice Voucher Program
Public housing is a program that provides low-cost housing to low-income people. Learn about public housing programs, how to apply, and your rights when renting public housing.
Fair Debt Collection
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is a federal law that makes it illegal for debt collectors to harass or threaten you, and other behavior. Learn about your rights when dealing with a debt collector.
Learn about your rights and options during a foreclosure in Montana.
Vehicle and Mobile Home Repossession
Learn what the law in Montana says about repossession, and what you can do to avoid losing your vehicle or mobile home to repossession.
Learn about bankruptcy, how it may help, and what to consider when thinking about a bankruptcy.
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC)
The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) provides free legal help to eligible clients with disputes with the IRS. Learn how LITC can help, and how to apply.
How to Protect Your Tax Refund
Learn what you can do to get the most out of your IRS tax refund by avoiding costly tax preparation services and loans.
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a tax break for low-income working families. Learn who may claim the tax credit and the amount.
Divorce and Taxes
Learn about how divorce or separation affects your tax filing status and eligibility for tax credits, and what you may do if you owe money for your ex-spouse’s taxes.
Innocent Spouse Relief
Innocent spouse relief is when the IRS removes your responsibility for all or part of your former spouse’s tax debts, interest, and penalties. Learn what options are available and how the IRS decides if someone qualifies.
Tax Q&As for American Indians
While tribal membership does not exempt American Indians from federal taxation, some tribal income sources are not taxable. Learn what kinds of tribal income sources are not taxable.
Fair Hearings: How to Protect Your Rights
You have the right to a fair hearing if you don’t agree with decisions about your public benefits. Learn how to ask for a fair hearing and what happens at a fair hearing.
SNAP (Food Stamps)
Learn how to apply for SNAP food stamps, work requirements, and what you can do if there is a problem with your food stamps.
Learn how to apply for Medicaid, who may qualify, and what you can do if you have a problem with Medicaid.
Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF)
Temporary Assistance for Needy (TANF) is a cash assistance program for families. Learn about eligibility, how to apply, work requirements, and what you can do if you have a problem with TANF.
Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) helps low-income housholds with heating costs from October through April. Learn about eligibility, how to apply, and what you can do if you have a problem with LIEAP.
Elder abuse can take several forms. Learn about the warning signs, the help available, and how to get help for elder abuse.
Victim Legal Assistance Network (VLAN)
The Montana Victim Legal Assistance Network (VLAN) is a statewide civil legal assistance newtork that provides, coordinated, comprehensive, and holistic wrap around services to crime victims around the state of Montana.
Bullying can include many kinds of behavior. Learn what you can do if you or a loved one is being bullied at school.
Minimum Wage for Farm Workers
Learn about the minimum wage laws for farm workers.
Working Conditions for Farm Workers
Learn what the law says employers must provide farm workers before, during, and after their employment.
Worker’s Comp for Farm Workers
Learn about the worker’s comp laws that say what happens if you are hurt at work and what you should do if you get injured on the job.
H-2A Worker Rights
The H-2A Visa allows people born in another country to work in the U.S. H-2A Visa workers have rights to a minimum wage, safe working conditions, and more.
H-2A Taxes and Retirement
Learn what taxes H-2A workers must pay.
Immigrant Rights when Encountering Law Enforcement
Immigrants have rights when encountering law enforcement. Learn your rights and what you must do when encountering law enforcement.
Descripción de Servicios
La Asociación de Servicios Legales de Montana brinda ayuda legal gratuita para asuntos civiles a clientes elegibles. Aprenda qué tipo de ayuda está disponible y cómo solicitarla.
El término legal para un divorcio en Montana es “Disolución del matrimonio”. Conozca la ley y el proceso judicial para un divorcio en Montana.
Planes de Crianza
Aprenda qué es un Plan de Crianza para los padres, cómo solicitar uno a la corte y cómo la corte decidirá las responsabilidades de los padres.
Violencia Doméstica y Asalto Sexual
Conozca lo que dice la ley sobre la violencia doméstica en Montana y lo que uno se puede hacer para mantenerse a salvo.
Los niños y la violencia domestica (intrafamiliar)
Conozca los efectos de la violencia doméstica en los niños y qué se puede hacer uno para ayudar a los niños que han crecido con la violencia doméstica.
Depósitos de garantía
Conozca lo que se puede hacer para proteger su depósito de seguridad cuando se mude dentro o fuera de un alquiler.
Los Derechos de los Trabajadores Agrícolas: Los Sueldos
Aprenda sobre las leyes de salario mínimo para los trabajadores agrícolas.
Los Derechos de los Trabajadores Agrícolas: Las Condiciones del Trabajo
Conozca lo que dice la ley que los empleadores deben proporcionar a los trabajadores agrícolas antes de, durante y después de su empleo.
La Compensacion para los Trabajadores
Conozca las leyes de compensación para los trabajadores que dicen qué sucede si se lastima en el trabajo y qué debe hacer si se lesiona en el trabajo.
H-2A Derechos de los Trabajadores
La visa H-2A permite que las personas nacidas en otro país trabajen en los Estados Unidos. Los trabajadores de la visa H-2A tienen derecho a un salario mínimo, condiciones de trabajo seguras y más.
Los Trabajadores H-2A: Impuestos y Jubilación
Conozca qué impuestos deben pagar los trabajadores H-2A.
Derechos de los Inmigrantes al Encontrarse con la Policía
Los inmigrantes tienen derechos cuando se encuentran con la policía. Conozca sus derechos y lo que debe hacer al encontrarse con la policía.