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Montana Legal Resource Directory

The following organizations and agencies provide legal representation, advice, or information to Montanans for free or for reduced costs. These organizations may have income limitations or geographic restrictions for their services. You are encouraged to contact the individual organization for more information on the services offered. If you do not see your topic listed in the chart below, try our list of organizations that provide general legal assistance.

For more information on the legal topics listed below, visit our Find a Law by Topic page.

 


Business Complaints – Consumer Complaints
  • Consumer Protection Office
    Investigates consumer complaints against businesses and enforces Montana consumer protection laws.

    Phone: 406-444-4500
    Web: www.doj.mt.gov/consumer/consumer/default.asp

  • Public Service Commission
    Assists with complaints regarding utility companies.

    Phone: 406-444-4077
    800-646-6150
    Web: www.psc.mt.gov

Child Support
Civil Liberties – Civil Rights – Discrimination
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
    Defends civil liberties and civil rights (e.g., freedom of speech, freedom of religion, privacy). This office does not typically assist individuals but instead focuses on cases affecting large groups of Montanans.

Phone: 406-443-8590
Web: www.aclumontana.org

  • Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors
    Monitors state and community institutions for the mentally ill and disabled. Provides legal representation at Montana State Hospital. Provides information about rights in mental health facilities.

    Phone: 406-444-3955
               406-693-7035
               800-332-2272
    Web: boardofvisitors.mt.gov

  • Disability Rights Montana
    Protects and advocates for the rights of Montanans with mental and physical disabilities; provides advocates and attorneys for disability-related issues.

    Phone: 406-449-2344 (voice/TDD)
               406-541-4357 (voice/TDD)
               800-245-4743
    Web: www.disabilityrightsmt.org

  • Montana Fair Housing
    Provides legal assistance to victims of housing discrimination and provides education about fair housing laws.

Phone: 406-542-2611
Web: www.montanafairhousing.org

  • Montana Human Rights Bureau
    Investigates complains of discrimination, including housing and employment discrimination.

    Phone: 406-444-2884
               (800) 542-0807
    Web: http://erd.dli.mt.gov/humanright/hrhome.asp

Crime Victim Services
  • Victim Services and Crime Victim Compensation Program
    Serves as a central reference point for victims of crime, offering information and referrals; provides financial assistance to help crime victims with crime related expenses, including lost wages and medical expenses.

Phone: 406-444-1907
           (800) 498-6455
Web: www.doj.mt.gov/victims/default.asp

Disabled Citizen Issues
  • Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors
    Monitors state and community institutions for the mentally ill and disabled. Provides legal representation at Montana State Hospital. Provides information about rights in mental health facilities.

Phone: 406-444-3955
          406-693-7035
          (800) 332-2272
Web: www.dphhs.mt.gov/dsd/legal_advocacy/links/bov.htm

  • Disability Rights Montana
    Protects and advocates for the rights of Montanans with mental and physical disabilities; provides advocates and attorneys for disability-related issues.

Phone: 406-449-2344 (voice/TDD)
          406-541-4357 (voice/TDD)
          (800) 245-4743
Web: www.disabilityrightsmt.org

  • Montana Fair Housing
    Provides legal assistance to victims of housing discrimination and provides education about fair housing laws.

Phone: 406-542-2611
Web: www.montanafairhousing.org

  • Montana Human Rights Bureau
    Investigates complains of discrimination, including housing and employment discrimination.

Phone: 406-444-2884
          (800) 542-0807
Web: http://erd.dli.mt.gov/humanright/hrhome.asp

Elder Law – Senior Citizen Issues
  • Senior and Long Term Care Division
    Provides information and legal assistance for seniors, operates an elder abuse hotline, and provides emergency intervention.

Aging Hotline: 800-332-2272
Elder Abuse Hotline 800-551-3191
General Phone: 406-444-4077
Web: http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/sltc/

General Legal Issues
  • Statewide
    • Montana Legal Services Association
      Provides legal advice and representation to low-income Montanans in civil matters (NOT criminal cases).
      Phone: 800-999-4941
                800-666-6899
                800-926-3144
      Web: www.mtlsa.org
               www.MontanaLawHelp.org

       

    • State Bar Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS)
      Provides free referrals to Montana attorneys and information regarding other resources in the State.
      Phone: 406-449-6577
      Web: http://www.montanabar.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=19

       

    • Senior and Long Term Care Division
      Provides information and legal assistance for seniors, operates an elder abuse hotline, and provides emergency intervention.
      Aging Hotline: 800-332-2272
      Elder Abuse Hotline 800-551-3191
      General Phone: 406-444-4077
      Web: www.dphhs.mt.gov/sltc/

       

    • William J. Jameson Law Library, University of Montana School of Law
      Provides limited legal reference help to the public.
      Phone: 406-243-6808
      Web: www.umt.edu/law/library

     

  • Local
    • Butte-Silver Bow County Law Library
      Provides limited legal reference help to the public.

       

    • Cascade County Law Clinic
      Provides legal assistance in civil matters to low-income people in Cascade County, including family law, guardianships for the elderly, and orders of protection. Also provides information for parents involved with Child and Family Services.
      Phone: 406-452-6269

       

    • Community Dispute Resolution Center of Missoula County
      Provides mediation services to low-income residents of Missoula County.
      Phone: 406-543-1157

       

    • Community Mediation Center (Gallatin County)
      Provides mediation services to low-income residents of Gallatin County.
      Phone: 406-522-8442
      Web: www.cmcmontana.org

       

    • Eastern Montana Self-Help Law Project
      Operates self-help workstations in eastern Montana, providing the public with legal information, assistance, and referrals to help them make their own legal decisions and, in some cases, represent themselves in court.
      Glasgow Phone: 406-228-9446
      Sidney Phone: 406-489-1477

       

    • Youth Imperative Inc. (Gallatin, Madison, and Park)
      Provides legal services, preventive legal services, educational and special education advocacy for youth in Gallatin, Madison, and Park Counties.
      Phone: 406-522-8888
Housing Issues – Renting Issues
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
    Defends civil liberties and civil rights (e.g., freedom of speech, freedom of religion, privacy). This office does not typically assist individuals but instead focuses on cases affecting large groups of Montanans.
    Phone: 406-443-8590
    Web: www.aclumontana.org

     

  • Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors
    Monitors state and community institutions for the mentally ill and disabled. Provides legal representation at Montana State Hospital. Provides information about rights in mental health facilities.
    Phone: 406-444-3955
               406-693-7035
               800-332-2272
    Web: www.dphhs.mt.gov/dsd/legal_advocacy/links/bov.htm

     

  • Disability Rights Montana
    Protects and advocates for the rights of Montanans with mental and physical disabilities; provides advocates and attorneys for disability-related issues.
    Phone: 406-449-2344 (voice/TDD)
               406-541-4357 (voice/TDD)
               800-245-4743
    Web: www.disabilityrightsmt.org

     

  • Montana Fair Housing
    Provides legal assistance to victims of housing discrimination and provides education about fair housing laws.
    Phone: 406-542-2611
    Web: www.montanafairhousing.org

     

  • Montana Human Rights Bureau
    Investigates complains of discrimination, including housing and employment discrimination.
    Phone: 406-444-2884
               800-542-0807
    Web erd.dli.mt.gov/humanright/hrhome.asp

     

  • MontPIRG Tenant-Landlord Hotline
    Provides information about tenant-landlord law and renting in Montana.
    Phone: 888-345-7474
    Email: montpirghotline@gmail.com
    Web: http://www.montpirgstudents.org/rentersrights

     

  • Public Service Commission
    Assists with complaints regarding utility companies.
    Phone: 406-444-4077
               (800) 646-6150
    Web: www.psc.mt.gov
Judge Complaints
Lawyer Complaints
State Agency Complaints
  • Citizen Advocate Office
    Helps with problems or complaints related to state agencies.
    Phone: 800-332-2272
    Web: citizensadvocate.mt.gov

     

  • Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors
    Monitors state and community institutions for the mentally ill and disabled. Provides legal representation at Montana State Hospital. Provides information about rights in mental health facilities.
    Phone: 406-444-3955
              406-693-7035
              800-332-2272
    Web: www.dphhs.mt.gov/dsd/legal_advocacy/links/bov.htm
Student Legal Assistance
  • Student Legal Services
    Provides legal assistance to college students at various Montana institutions.
    • Montana State University – Billings
      Phone: 406-657-2365
    • Montana State University – Bozeman
      Phone: 406-994-2933
    • University of Montana – Missoula
      Phone: 406-243-6213
Taxes
  • Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
    Provides low-income taxpayers with free legal assistance on federal tax matters throughout the year. Cannot provide help with tax form preparation.
    Phone: 406-543-8343
    Web: www.montanalitc.org