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Ask basic legal questions and receive legal advice from volunteer pro bono attorneys.

What we offer

By using this website, you are asking a lawyer to answer your specific legal question. The lawyer will only help you by answering that question. They do not represent you. Montana Legal Services Association does not represent you. It is up to you to keep track of any deadlines and to take any action necessary to preserve your rights.

Your info is secure

We will do our best to keep what you post on this website secret. Montana Legal Services Association keeps records of what kind of legal problem you had, what the lawyer told you, and information that you told us to create an account. Do not use this site if you don't want Montana Legal Services Association to have this information.

You are eligible for help if

  • Your income is low for a family the size of yours.
  • Your cash, checking account, savings account, stocks or bonds are not worth too much.
  • You are not locked up in jail or prison.
  • Your legal problem is not something you can go to jail for.
  • You have not already hired a lawyer to help you with your legal problem.

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About the lawyers

The lawyer who answers you is helping you for free. The lawyer will only talk about the problem you post on the website. The lawyer will not help you after that or do anything else for you. The lawyer will not make calls or file papers for you. The lawyer will not got to meetings or to court for you. If you use this website, it means you understand this. The lawyer who answers you will be legally authorized to practice law in Montana. Laws may be different in other states.

Rules lawyers must go by

Lawyers can't knowingly help both sides of a legal issue or a case. For example, they can help either a renter or the renter's landlord in a dispute. But they can't help both of them on opposite sides of the same dispute. The law firm or office they work for may be helping the other side in your case and the lawyer answering your question may not know it. If the lawyer or office does know that they are helping the other side of your dispute, they can't answer your question. Using this website means you won't blame the lawyer for not knowing that another lawyer in their workplace is helping the other side.