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"Even a dog distinguishes between being stumbled over and being kicked."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Supreme Court Justice

Back in the good ol’ days. . .a party who decided to leave his or her spouse typically cleaned out the house, the cookie jar stash and all the bank accounts and changed the names on all the property and accounts to ace the other...

Shakespeare penned in King Henry VI, "first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." Well, sometimes that may very well seem the best thing to do. But, lawyers do have redeeming qualities. For example, Montana lawyer, Gene Jarussi recently got a crooked landlord locked in...

At a deposition earlier this spring, during a break in the action, I was chatting with the two defense attorneys about how this profession really colors the way we're raising our kids. The one defense attorney remarked, "yeah, I look at play ground equipment and...

A very problematic situation has arisen frequently since the economy took a major dive. . . relocating with children for economic (or any other) reason. As we are all aware, Montana’s unemployment rate varied at one point in the 2008-2010 recession from above 9 to...

Many Montana family law attorneys have their clients fill out a financial disclosure form early on in the proceedings to give to the other side–why is that? Doesn’t your attorney have to help you keep as much of your assets as possible? Then why do...

One thing I love about this line of work is the variety. There are many different kinds of injury lawsuits. They range from auto accidents to building code violations to professional malpractice. Each client is different. Witnesses to a case are varied in both their knowledge and ability...

A question I get asked pretty regularly is: "so, if I hire a lawyer, does that mean I'm going to trial?"  In injury cases, the answer is "probably not." In Montana, the statute of limitations for negligence is 3 years. Which means that, in most injury cases,...

The previous parts of this story can be found here and here. In March of 2010 – four years after we had filed the lawsuit and seven years after our client’s husband’s death – the case came back to the District Court. We again began working on...

For the first part of this story, you might want to read this post about Indian Law. In 2003, one of our clients lost her husband when he died of prescription medicine poisoning – we believe that his doctor had been prescribing him excessive amounts of...

One of the many interesting things about practicing law in Montana is that we have seven Indian reservations within our borders. The reservations have their own governments and the states cannot interfere with tribal self-government. This is important to us, because here in Kalispell, we are close...