Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA)

General Contact Information

616 Helena Ave, Suite 100
Helena, MT 59601

How to Get Help


You can call the HelpLine at 1-(800)-666-6899.


You can complete and mail in an application. See the MLSA web site at Click on the "Get Legal Help" to find the application.


Online application. See the MLSA web site at Click on the "Get Legal Help" to find the online application.

Who We Are

What is the Montana Legal Services Association?

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.

What help can I find at MLSA?

  • Legal information,
  • Self-help materials,
  • Legal advice,
  • Legal representation by an MLSA attorney, and/or
  • Referrals to pro bono attorneys and other legal providers.

To qualify for our services, applicants generally must have income of 125% or less of the federal poverty level and limited assets. You must also be a U.S. citizen or an eligible alien.

We never charge a fee for our services. However, you may have to pay court costs and filing fees.

What issues can I find information on?

  • Family,
  • Housing,
  • Money Problems,
  • Public Benefits,
  • Native American,
  • Domestic/Sexual/Dating Abuse,
  • Work,
  • Migrant workers' issues,
  • More.

What does MLSA not handle?

MLSA does not handle auto accidents, personal injury, business-related matters and generally does not take criminal cases (including traffic citations).

How can I get more information about MLSA?

Check out our web site at

How can I get help from MLSA?

Look for application information on our web site at

Who We Serve

  • Statewide
Cirumstances and languages in which interpreters are provided

MLSA will provide language assistance to limited English proficient people through interpretation and translation.

Income Guidelines

In certain situations, the Montana Legal Services Association can represent people whose income is above 125% of the poverty level.

There are no fees for our services, but there may be filing fees or publication fees.

Is this organization accessible by wheelchair? YES
Does this organization provide access for the hearing impaired? YES
Eligibility Restrictions

Most of our legal services are available only for people with income at or below 125% of the federal poverty level and very limited assets. You must also be a U.S. citizen or eligible alien. We cannot handle criminal cases or traffic citations.

Type of Help

This group provides the following types of services based on your legal needs and its resources:
  • Full Legal Representation
  • Brief Advice
  • Self-Help Materials
  • Other
Description of Services

MLSA provides legal information, self-help materials, legal advice, legal representation, referrals to pro bono attorneys and other legal help, depending on the situation and our resources. We do our best to provide as much help as possible.

Last Review and Update: Nov 18, 2011
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