HelpLine Pause 2024

Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) is taking a brief pause on accepting new applications from July 29th through August 11th. We will return to business as usual on August 12th. MLSA has always aimed to respond to applicants in a timely manner. However, the need for free legal help has grown, and as a result …

How to Serve Divorce Papers in Montana

Do you know how to serve divorce papers? To start a court case for divorce, you file a Petition and a Summons with the court. Then you have to serve your spouse with the Petition and Summons. One of the questions we frequently get is “but how do I serve my divorce papers?” To answer …

I Have Mold in My Rental Unit

Frequently Asked Question: I have mold in my home and my landlord isn’t fixing it. What can I do? Answer: You have rights. Your landlord must make repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and keep the rental in a fit and habitable condition. If your landlord does not make necessary repairs, you have …

Do you know how to protect your security deposit?

When you move out, it’s a good idea to clean the unit, keep a copy of the condition report, and give your landlord your new address. There are steps you can take if your landlord refuses to return your security deposit. The first step is to send your landlord a letter asking for your deposit …

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Do you know the warning signs of elder abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation? -Being without necessary food or medical care. -Being prevented from seeing friends or family. -Feeling concerned about something you were convinced to purchase that you do not really need or want. -Feeling uneasy about how someone handles your money. -Feeling uncomfortable about how …

Partner Spotlight: Misdemeanor Expungement Support for Survivors

Learn about a project dedicated to helping survivors of domestic violence clear misdemeanor convictions from their records. Outside the world of advocacy and shelter programs like The Friendship Center, our advocates have probably all had the experience of being thanked when they describe the work they do. In those same conversations, they’ve likely also gone …

Free Fishing

Father’s Day is coming up, which means free fishing! By Montana law, each year on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day weekends any person (resident or nonresident) may fish within the state without a fishing license. You can find the 2024 Montana Fishing Regulations online or at a local sporting goods store. Montana Legal Services Association …

Natural Disasters

You have rights and options. The Legal Aid Disaster Resource Center put together a list of the resources available to those who have been affected by a natural disaster. The topics include disability rights, disaster benefits and assistance, disaster unemployment assistance, tax relief, and more. Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) provides legal tips to help …

Fair Hearings

A recent study found that more than 4 million children nationwide have been removed from Medicaid and CHIP health coverage. Montana’s children took the nation’s biggest hit with a 15% decline by the end of 2023. Source: The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families If your family has been impacted, please know help is …

Protections for Transgender & Nonbinary Workers

Did you know it is against the law to misgender* nonbinary and transgender workers? Did you know it is against the law to not allow nonbinary and transgender workers to use bathrooms that best match their gender identity? *Misgendering is when you do not use someone’s preferred pronoun. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Enforcement …