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 … [Read more...] about Indian Law
I told you about Medpay insurance and why it might come in handy for you. I also told you about UIM and UM. Despite these great insurance provisions, I find that some people who need to and can file one of these claims are hesitant to do so. "Why ask my own insurance company to pay for it? … [Read more...] about Can the Insurance Company Do That?
As I sit here today, at the beginning of April, snow flurries move past my window. It doesn't look like anything's sticking, but I'm not going to hold my breath. Snow can accumulate just about any time of the year in these parts. The weather reminds me of a conversation I had not too long ago … [Read more...] about Snow and Ice
A settlement conference, here in Montana, is an informal "mediation." I put the word mediation in quotes because it might carry more technical overtones than I mean. Boiled down, a settlement conference is a meeting between parties in a dispute to try to settle a claim or case. Generally, … [Read more...] about What’s a Settlement Conference?
Depositions are a formal court proceeding and result in testimony that can sometimes be used at trial. Depositions are an attorney’s tool to find out about the other side’s case in the discovery phase of litigation. They generally take place after litigation has begun, but before trial. Everything … [Read more...] about What’s a Deposition?
I don't spend much time reading the newspaper. I deal with tragedy and frustration at work, I don't want to get bogged down in the national tragedies and frustrations at home after hours, too. But, last week, I was waiting to meet with a doctor and I picked up the paper. I was greatly saddened to … [Read more...] about Septic Tank Safety
In my previous post, I discussed the Ridley decision of the Montana Supreme Court. This is the case that requires insurance companies to pay for an injured party's medical expenses where liability is "reasonably clear" and the medical expenses are "causally related" to the accident. As anyone who … [Read more...] about Dubray-Montana Law on Advance-Payments
Back when I was first out of law school, I took a job with a firm that does some insurance defense. One of my first interactions with an insurance company was a conversation I had with an adjuster who was wondering whether she actually had to pay for an injured person's medical expenses -- before … [Read more...] about Ridley-Montana Law on Advance-Payments