Preventing Eviction, One Family at a Time

When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, thousands of Montanans suddenly found themselves in an impossible situation: how to pay their rent in the face of lost wages from illness and closed worksites. These disruptions have continued, while housing and rent costs have skyrocketed, leaving Montanans vulnerable to eviction and homelessness. The Montana Eviction Intervention Project …

MLSA in the News

MLSA works hard to provide legal services to low income Montanans and to raise awareness about the civil legal challenges they so often face. As part of these efforts, MLSA’s work is regularly highlighted in the media. Read on to learn more about the work MLSA has been doing to increase access to civil legal …

Renters Face Financial Constraints Due to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread across Montana, many Montanans are now facing a new worry: being able to afford rent come April 1. With many workers laid off or forced to take unpaid leave following business and school closures, incomes for many families have plummeted, leaving them unsure of how they will pay …

Breaking the Cycle of Intimate Partner Violence

For survivors of intimate partner violence, having access to civil legal aid is often essential in allowing them to break the cycle of violence and abuse. MLSA Board Member Alissa Chambers recently shared why she thinks civil legal aid is so important in addressing domestic violence throughout Montana: “As an attorney, I have seen firsthand …

Accessing Justice on Tribal Land

For people living on tribal land throughout the US, figuring out in which court a legal case will be heard can be confusing. A dizzying array of treaties, federal laws and case law determine where a case will be heard and even, in criminal cases, what charges will be filed. In many cases, such as …

MLSA Receives Disaster Preparedness Grant

On June 6, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced that the Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) will receive $250,000 in grant funding to help low-income communities in Montana prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters. Four other civil legal aid organizations in the Midwest – Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Arkansas – will also …

New Technology Funding Will Help Increase Legal Services to Rural Crime Victims

Helena MT  –  Rural crime victims in Montana will soon have more services and information to help them navigate their complex situations. The National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) recently awarded $749,156 over two years to the Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) to implement innovative technology to deliver no-cost legal services and information to crime …

Veterans Who Received Disability Payments May Be Eligible for Tax Refunds

Yesterday the​ IRS advis​ed veterans that they may be eligible for a refund if they received a one-time lump-sum disability severance payment after 1991. Veterans must submit an amended tax return to claim the refund within one year of receiving notification from the Department of Defense about their eligibility for a refund. Generally taxpayers can …

MLSA Adds New Health Centers to Medical Legal Partnership

Butte MT, Hardin MT  –  The Montana Healthcare Foundation recently awarded $100,000 over two years to the Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) to support expansion of the Montana Health Justice Partnership.  Health centers in Butte and Hardin, Montana, will now be partners in the successful program. The grant will fund a new part-time paralegal and …

IRS Has Refunds of Over $3.6 Million for Montanans Who Have Not Filed Their 2014 Taxes

​The IRS has announced that about 3,500 Montanans have an average refund of $808 available to them if they file their 2014 taxes before April 17, 2018.  You will lose your right to a refund for your 2014 taxes if you don't file before April 18th. For more information on 2014 refunds, visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-refunds-worth-one-point-one-billion-dollars-waiting-to-be-claimed-by-those-who-have-not-filed-2014-federal-income-tax-returns. If …