Callie’s Story

When Callie first realized she needed legal help, she was desperate. Even though she was only 32, she had been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and was struggling to cope with the treatments.  At the same time, her home life was deteriorating as her husband became increasingly abusive and violent. Callie couldn’t risk losing …

MLSA’s Tracie Poindexter on Building an Better Online Intake System

  MLSA’s Program Administrator Tracie Poindexter was recently recognized by the Legal Services Corporation for her efforts to build a better online intake system for MLSA! As technology has evolved to become a part of our everyday lives, MLSA has worked to develop an intake system that takes advantage of different technologies in order to …

Wills Project Offers Increased Services for American Indian Elders

Rural Montana – In just ten months, more than 50 American Indian clients have been helped by the Wills for American Indian Project at Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA). These 50 people have been empowered to assert their rights as trust land owners, deciding for themselves how their trust land is passed on. In 2018, …

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 …

MLSA meets with Montana Delegation in Washington D.C.

MLSA Executive Director Alison Paul, Development Director Michelle Potts, and Board Member Andy Patten recently traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with Montana's US and Congressional Delegation. Over the course of two days, MLSA's staff met with Senator Tester, Senator Daines, and Representative Gianforte, first at the weekly Montana Coffee (pictured below) and then in …

The Missoula MLSA Office Has Moved!

Where did we move? 1535 Liberty Lane, Suite 110D Missoula, MT 59808. The new office will be in the Solstice Building just off of Russell and Broadway.                         When? Our office was closed Monday, November 13  through Friday, November 17. We re-opened at our …