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.
Learn how lawyers set their fees, how to choose a lawyer, and how to work with a lawyer.
This flyer has information on the kinds of legal problems MLSA helps with, and how to apply.
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.
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.
Learn what the law says about domestic violence in Montana, and what you can do to keep yourself safe.
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 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.
Learn what you can do to help keep yourself safe from your abuser or an ex.
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.
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 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.
In response to the devastating rise in evictions during the pandemic, MLSA and the Montana Department of Commerce came together this past fall to develop a new program: the Montana Eviction Intervention Project (MEIP). First launched in October, MEIP provides tenants facing court-ordered eviction with free legal representation, with the goal of helping tenants secure …
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, thousands of Montanans have found themselves struggling to pay their rent and facing the possibility of eviction. MLSA has worked hard to help people access the services they need to avoid eviction – including legal information on how to access rental assistance and eviction moratoriums, and legal assistance in the …
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.
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.
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.
Learn what you can do to get the most out of your IRS tax refund by avoiding costly tax preparation services and loans.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Born with a developmental disability, Nick lived in a group home for adults and relied on his parents to pay for his care. Both Nick and his parents considered him very lucky to live there: as a working ranch, the group home gives him the opportunity to work with animals and be a part of …
Elder abuse can take several forms. Learn about the warning signs, the help available, and how to get help for elder abuse.
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.
Learn about the minimum wage laws for farm workers.
Learn what the law says employers must provide farm workers before, during, and after their employment.
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.
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.
Learn what taxes H-2A workers must pay.
Immigrants have rights when encountering law enforcement. Learn your rights and what you must do when encountering law enforcement.
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.
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.
Conozca lo que dice la ley sobre la violencia doméstica en Montana y lo que uno se puede hacer para mantenerse a salvo.
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.
Conozca lo que se puede hacer para proteger su depósito de seguridad cuando se mude dentro o fuera de un alquiler.
Aprenda sobre las leyes de salario mínimo para los trabajadores agrícolas.
Conozca lo que dice la ley que los empleadores deben proporcionar a los trabajadores agrícolas antes de, durante y después de su empleo.
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.
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.
Conozca qué impuestos deben pagar los trabajadores H-2A.
Los inmigrantes tienen derechos cuando se encuentran con la policía. Conozca sus derechos y lo que debe hacer al encontrarse con la policía.