When Grants Are Available
Indian Wills Clinics
Specialized Legal Assistance
In Montana, 36.3 percent of Native Americans fall below the poverty line, and most live in rural areas and on reservations with little access to legal services. Native Americans face the additional complications of land and reparation trusts and tribal law. Few Montana attorneys have the ability to complete Indian Wills, which are controlled by federal law (25 U.S.C. 373 and 43 C.F.R. 4.260-262), not state law.
Montana Generational Justice (MGJ) assists individuals needing to complete or revise their Indian Will through our Zoom clinic program supported by Sponsorships/grants. MGJ’s legal volunteers have received specialized training to handle the complexities of these documents. To ensure accurate information is available for the individual Indian Wills, MGJ also collaborates with the Fiduciary Trust Officers and/or Tribal Probate Specialists. Participants complete other needed estate planning documents in addition to their Indian Wills at the same clinic.
In 2019, MGJ received a grant from the Montana Justice Foundation to provide Indian Will clinics in Lame Deer (Northern Cheyenne Reservation), Browning (Blackfeet Reservation) and the North American Indian Alliance in Butte.
Indian Wills are completed through a Zoom clinic. For more information, or to register, call: (406) 422-3904
Let us know how we can help you and your loved ones.
Address: 130 Neill Avenue – the Top Floor
Helena MT 59601
Mailing: PO Box 1483, Helena MT 59624
Phone: (406) 422-3904