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Montana Pro Bono Legal Information, Resources and Assistance

According to Montana Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 6.1 Pro Bono Publico Service, every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay and a lawyer should render at least fifty (50) hours of pro bono publico legal services per year.

Montana Pro Bono Summary: The Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) is a federally and privately funded program that provides free legal assistance in civil cases to low-income people. The mission of MLSA is to protect and enhance the civil legal rights of, and promote systemic change for, Montanans living in poverty.

MLSA helps with:

  • Legal advice and representation for clients,
  • Referrals to pro bono attorneys and other providers,
  • Self-help clinics,
  • Self-help materials, and
  • Education brochures, classes and workshops for Montana's low-income community.

To qualify for the services, applicants generally must have income of 125% or less of the federal poverty level and limited assets.

The Help Line number is 1 (800) 666-6899.

Monday through Friday9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturdays9:30 am to 12:30 pm

MLSA staff will help to apply over the telephone. The application will take about 10 minutes. If qualified for help, the applicant will get an appointment with an MLSA advocate, referred to a free attorney, or signed up for a self-help class.

Applications are available at MLSA offices.

Montana Pro Bono Contacts:

Montana Legal Services Association
PO Box 937 Bozeman
MT 59771-0937
Phone: 406-582-1157
Fax: 406-582-9741
Organization Email: < href="mailto:tpoindex@mtlsa.org">tpoindex@mtlsa.org

Pro Bono Awards:

The Judge Robert P. Goff Pro-Bono Award is presented on an annual basis to an attorney who is a member of the Cascade County Bar Association and who has significantly contributed to the pro bono representation of low-income individuals.

Additional information Links:

http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/directory/montana.html
http://www.montanabar.org
http://www.mtlsa.org