Montana Legal Group

Welcome to Montana Legal Group. Our experienced attorneys believe every Montanan deserves quality, affordable advocacy and guidance through the legal system.

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Firm Overview

At Montana Legal Group, we believe that every Montanan deserves affordable advocacy and guidance through the legal system. Limited scope representation, also called "attorney-assisted self-representation," is our answer to the problem of high cost legal services. Limited representation gives you the opportunity to choose only those services that are necessary to resolve your legal issue. No unnecessary fees or costs.

Unlike traditional legal services, which are "all or nothing," limited representation allows an attorney to support you when you need it. We will assist you with the complex parts of your case while teaching you how to handle the rest yourself. For example, in our divorce cases, we will give you legal advice, coach you on how to handle negotiations with your spouse, draft all of your legal documents for you, show you how to file with the Court, and prepare you for the final hearing.

Limited scope's "do-it-yourself" approach complements your self-reliance and strong work ethic, while still supporting you at those critical junctures when professional legal knowledge and experience may be required. Limited representation is flexible, convenient, and a cost-effective way to approach your legal matters.

We are also proud to offer affordable and predictable billing. Instead of using the billable hour like most law firms, we use a flat rate. Flat rate billing is a fee-for-service method that allows you to know exactly what your legal fees will be before you hire us. No more unexpected, out-of-control legal bills at the end of every month. For a list of our services and flat fee prices, please visit our website at www.montanalegalgroup.com.
Main Office

Main Office
416 W. Mendenhall
PO Box 6692
Bozeman  MT  59771

Phone
  • (406) 219-7689
Fax
  • (406) 206-0091

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Flat Fee Prices

We are proud to offer an affordable and predictable billing method. Instead of using the billable hour like most law firms, we use flat rate billing. Flat rate billing is a fee-for-service method that allows you to know exactly what your legal fees will be before you hire us.*

Much like ordering off of a menu, you will choose the specific defined service and the corresponding flat rate that best suits your needs. Once you sign our representation agreement and pay us the flat rate fee, we will begin work on your case.

*Inquire about our 10% discount on flat fees for Military and Veterans.

--Menu of Services--

1) Limited Representation Dissolution (Divorce) Package without children. Price: $1400

We will assist you with your divorce by giving you legal advice, drafting all of your paperwork for you, advising you on negotiating with your spouse, showing you how to file in Court, and preparing you for your final hearing. Price does not include filing fees to the Court (generally $245).

Service available throughout Montana.


2) Limited Representation Dissolution (Divorce) Package with children. Price: $1600

We will assist you with your divorce by giving you legal advice, drafting all of your paperwork for you including child support calculations, advising you on negotiating with your spouse, showing you how to file in Court, and preparing you for your final hearing. Price does not include filing fees to the Court (generally $245).

Service available throughout Montana.


3) Child Support Calculations. Price: $150

The Montana Courts require a child support calculation to accompany a divorce that includes children, even if you do not want to collect child support. We will run up to 3 different child support calculations for you.

Service available throughout Montana.


4) Family Law Mediation (Up to 4 hours). Price: $750

We will attend your mediation with you and advocate for you on your behalf. This service includes a client meeting before the mediation to prepare and establish your priorities and bottom line. This does not include any documents to be drafted or documents to be reviewed after the mediation. Every meditation hour past 4 hours will be billed to the client at a rate of $150 per hour.

This service is only available in Gallatin and Park Counties.


5) Last Will and Testament/Estate Planning Package (individuals) for estates worth up to $5 million. Price: $500

Services include: easy-to-follow estate planning forms to fill out and return, advice and counseling regarding your estate and best practices, drafting your Will, Financial Power of Attorney, Healthcare Power of Attorney, Living Will, and Will/Document notarization and execution.

Estate Planning and Drafting service available throughout Montana.

Will and Document Notarization and Execution service only available in Gallatin and Park Counties. $50 for Will/Document Notarization and Execution.


6) Last Will and Testament/Estate Planning Package (couples) for combined estates worth up to $10 million. Price: $750

Services include: easy-to-follow estate planning forms for you and your spouse to fill out and return, advice and counseling regarding your combined estate and best practices, drafting your Wills, Financial Powers of Attorney, Healthcare Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, and Will/Document notarization and execution.

Estate Planning and Drafting service available throughout Montana.

Will and Document Notarization and Execution service only available in Gallatin and Park Counties. $50 for Will/Document Notarization and Execution.

7) Last Will and Testament Only (individuals) for estates worth up to $5 million. Price: $350

Services include: easy-to-follow will planning forms to fill out and return, advice and counseling regarding your Will, drafting your Will, and Will notarization and execution.

Will Drafting service available throughout Montana.

Will Notarization and Execution service only available in Gallatin and Park Counties. $50 for Will/Document Notarization and Execution.

8) Last Will and Testament Only (couples) for combined estates worth up to $10 million. Price: $600

Services include: easy-to-follow will planning forms for you and your spouse to fill out and return, advice and counseling regarding your Wills, drafting your Wills, and Will notarization and execution.

Will Drafting service available throughout Montana.

Will Notarization and Execution services only available in Gallatin and Park Counties. $50 for Will/Document Notarization and Execution.

9) Business Entity Formation. Price: $750

Corporation or LLC formation services include advice and counsel on the proper entity to choose, filing necessary documents with the Montana Secretary of State, registering for your EIN (tax ID) with the IRS, drafting articles of incorporation/organization, drafting bylaws/operating agreements, etc. Price does not include filing fees to the Secretary of State (generally $70) or commercial registered agent services.

Available throughout Montana.

10) Commercial Registered Agent. Price: $100 (annually)

Commercial Registered Agent services include Cromwell Law receiving and forwarding business correspondence to your preferred address, receiving and processing service of process, being your in-state representative for the Montana Secretary of State, and filing your statutorily required Company Annual Report with the Secretary of State by April 15 of each year. Price does not include the Annual Report filing fee (generally $15).

Available throughout Montana.

Office Information

Office Hours

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

Business
Starting a business is an exciting time but a precarious one, too. Montana Legal Group takes great pleasure in helping entrepreneurs establish their business, maximize their investment, and plan for future growth.
Ready to Help You Build a Successful Enterprise

We advise clients in all phases of business formation, including:

Entity Selection. We work closely with you to identify your business objectives and concerns in order to determine the legal structure that will best protect your interests, provide the strongest tax advantage, and further your goals.

Business Establishment. We can assist in any and every step of the formation of your business, no matter whether your company is a General or Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Corporation (LLC), or S Corporation. Among other things, we can draft of all appropriate documents, from partnership agreements to articles of organization, and complete your filing requirements. If you choose, we can also simply outline the steps you need to take to form your business, and provide supplementary legal advice and support as you execute the steps on your own.

Registered Agent Services. If your business is an LLC or corporation, you will need a registered agent to accept legal documents and notifications from a state office on behalf of your entity. Montana Legal Group can be your Commercial Registered Agent, thereby making ourselves responsible for the receipt of all tax-related documents, service of process, annual report forms and other legal notices directed to your business.

Contact Us for Montana Business Formation

Thanks to our extensive experience in organizing, incorporating and advising start-ups, Montana Legal Group understands the needs and concerns of small business owner in forming an enterprise. We listen carefully to your goals and work together with you to explore your legal options as effectively and efficiently as possible.

If you need help with your business or non-profit formation, we would happy to answer questions and discuss your options in a free initial consultation. We proudly represent all types of business clients throughout Montana, from entrepreneurs just starting their first business to the experienced business owner seeking guidance in a new venture. Call us at (406) 219-7689 or contact us at MontanaLegalGroup.com today.
Estate Planning
Montana Legal Group's estate planning attorneys are committed to working with you to develop a comprehensive, customized estate plan that secures your family's future and gives you peace of mind.
Dedicated to Helping Montana Residents Prepare for the Unexpected

Creating a solid estate plan is one of the most important ways you can protect your loved ones should the unexpected or unthinkable occur. An estate plan is more than just a will. A good plan safeguards the value of your assets, minimizes taxes, avoids probate costs, distributes your estate according to your wishes, and contains an effective strategy for taking care of you, your family and your finances in the event you become sick or disabled.

Montana Legal Group's estate planning attorneys are committed to working with you to develop a comprehensive, customized estate plan that secures your family's future and gives you peace of mind. Our estate planning services include using a comprehensive, interactive process to ultimately produce your last will and testament, financial power of attorney (limited or durable), health care power of attorney, and living will (advanced medical directive). Contact us today for a free consultation at (406) 219-7689.

Estate Planning FAQs

What is an estate plan?

An estate plan is a group of documents that describe how you want your money, property and other assets distributed after you're gone or if you become disabled or incapacitated. These documents should work together to effectively carry out your wishes, reducing confusion and distress among family members and beneficiaries in times of grief.

Do I really need an estate plan?

Yes. The biggest misconception about estate planning is that it's only for the wealthy. But every adult should have an estate plan, no matter their age, economic status, or marital status. Why? Because if you die "intestate" (without a will or living trust) Montana law will determine how your assets are distributed, which could create a result that you wouldn't want. Moreover, an estate plan can provide benefits to you while alive: in your plan you can designate someone you trust to handle your affairs and personal care decisions in case you become incapacitated.

What does an estate plan include?

Estate plans often have multiple components, although these elements vary depending upon an individual's needs. The most typical components include:

1) Will a legally-binding document that explains what should happen to your property after you die. Typically it designates an executor, a guardian for your children, and specifies who should receive your money, property and assets.

2) Trust - a legal arrangement in which a designated person ("trustee") maintains legal title of property of another person ("beneficiary"). For example, a bank or financial firm might be made trustee of a minor child's assets until the child reaches maturity.

3) Durable Power of Attorney a legal document in which you designate a person to make decisions about your finances and property in the event you become incapacitated.

4) Healthcare Power of Attorney a legal document that designates a person to make decisions about your personal or health care if you are unable to do so yourself.

Other common components may include living wills, medical directives, life insurance, beneficiary designations, pre-planned funeral arrangements, and more. Together with your Montana estate planning lawyer, you can decide which components are appropriate for you.

Why choose Montana Legal Group to help create an estate plan?

At Montana Legal Group, we are highly skilled at creating effective estate plans for our clients. We listen carefully to your goals, help educate you on estate planning law, and draft a tailored plan designed to execute your wishes.

Furthermore, thanks to our limited scope representation service, we keep legal costs at an affordable level. With this service, we can help you with those intricate aspects of estate planning that need a professional hand, while teaching you how to do the rest. Our services can include drafting estate documents, giving legal advice, or guiding you through the complexities of the estate planning process as you create your own legally-binding plan.

To discuss your estate planning needs, don't hesitate to call us today at (406) 219-7689 or contact us for a free consultation.
Collaborative Divorce
At Montana Legal Group, we are experienced in helping couples smoothly transition to their new life through uncontested divorce.
Divorce is often a complicated, emotionally difficult process. Fortunately, the legal process doesn't have to be. If you and your spouse are committed to dissolving your marriage with minimal discord and you meet state requirements, an uncontested divorce may be right for you.

At Montana Legal Group, we are experienced in helping couples smoothly transition to their new life through uncontested divorce. We'd like to help you too. For a free initial consultation with our lawyers to determine whether an uncontested divorce is a good choice for you, please call us at (406) 219-7689 or contact us online at: www.MontanaLegalGroup.com.

Dissolution (Divorce) FAQs

What are the different kinds of divorce?

In Montana, the legal name for divorce is "dissolution of marriage." There are several different kinds of dissolution in Montana. The most common are default dissolution, uncontested dissolution, and contested dissolution.

In a default dissolution, the Court grants you a "default" when you file for divorce and your spouse doesn't respond. The Judge will grant you everything you asked for in your petition, as long as the Judge finds that your request is fair.

An uncontested dissolution is a means of dissolving your marriage with minimal discord. If you and your spouse generally agree on the terms of your divorce, you can file a joint petition for dissolution, which simplifies the divorce process.

If you and your spouse cannot agree on key issues such as child custody, spousal or child support, and the division of assets, you may need a Judge to make those decisions for you. This is called a contested dissolution. You'll go through a long process of exchanging information, settlement negotiations, mediations, hearings, and afterward, if you still cannot resolve your case, to a court trial.

Montana Legal Group can help you smoothly transition to your new life through either default or uncontested dissolution. If you have a situation that sounds like a contested dissolution, you may need to be fully represented by a different law firm or attorney.

What is an uncontested divorce?

An uncontested divorce is a means of dissolving a marriage when both spouses agree to its end and have minimal disagreement as to key issues such as child custody, spousal or child support, or the division of assets. You can work together to form your own divorce agreement or you may retain a lawyer through Montana Legal Group to assist you with the details and negotiation.

What are the benefits of having an uncontested divorce?

Uncontested divorces are generally faster, more convenient and less costly than contested divorces. Because the divorcing parties agree on all major issues, the paperwork is streamlined and there's less need for lawyer involvement, which means substantially lower legal bills. In addition, since there's no legal wrangling, there are fewer legal proceedings to attend. In fact, there is no formal trial the only time you appear in court is for the final hearing with the judge.

Is an uncontested divorce right for me?

In general, uncontested divorces are usually best for couples without major disputes about children, property arrangements, or spousal support. It's best to speak with a qualified Montana divorce lawyer to find out whether uncontested divorce is appropriate for you before beginning the process. Contact us to see if uncontested divorce is right for you.

Why do I need a Montana divorce lawyer in an uncontested divorce?

Even if you and your spouse agree on all terms of the divorce, it's a smart idea to have a lawyer advise you about potential pitfalls, procedure, and to draft your documents. A lawyer experienced with uncontested divorces can ensure that your divorce agreement accurately reflects your interests and expectations. A mistake in a divorce agreement, whether it relates to financial support or child custody, could result in devastating financial and emotional consequences that could affect you for years.

How can Montana Legal Group help me with my uncontested divorce?

We offer limited representation dissolution packages to assist you with your divorce. Our packages include legal advice, coaching you through negotiations with your spouse, drafting your legal paperwork, showing you how to file with the Court, and preparing you for your final hearing. In limited areas, we offer mediation packages. Click here for services and flat fee pricing.

If you would like to find out more about uncontested divorce and discuss whether it's right for you, please call us for a free consultation at (406) 219-7689 or contact us online.
Divorce Mediation
At Montana Legal Group, we are experienced in helping couples smoothly transition to their new life through uncontested divorce.
Divorce is often a complicated, emotionally difficult process. Fortunately, the legal process doesn't have to be. If you and your spouse are committed to dissolving your marriage with minimal discord and you meet state requirements, an uncontested divorce may be right for you.

At Montana Legal Group, we are experienced in helping couples smoothly transition to their new life through uncontested divorce. We'd like to help you too. For a free initial consultation with our lawyers to determine whether an uncontested divorce is a good choice for you, please call us at (406) 219-7689 or contact us online.

Dissolution (Divorce) FAQs

What are the different kinds of divorce?

In Montana, the legal name for divorce is "dissolution of marriage." There are several different kinds of dissolution in Montana. The most common are default dissolution, uncontested dissolution, and contested dissolution.

In a default dissolution, the Court grants you a "default" when you file for divorce and your spouse doesn't respond. The Judge will grant you everything you asked for in your petition, as long as the Judge finds that your request is fair.

An uncontested dissolution is a means of dissolving your marriage with minimal discord. If you and your spouse generally agree on the terms of your divorce, you can file a joint petition for dissolution, which simplifies the divorce process.

If you and your spouse cannot agree on key issues such as child custody, spousal or child support, and the division of assets, you may need a Judge to make those decisions for you. This is called a contested dissolution. You'll go through a long process of exchanging information, settlement negotiations, mediations, hearings, and afterward, if you still cannot resolve your case, to a court trial.

Montana Legal Group can help you smoothly transition to your new life through either default or uncontested dissolution. If you have a situation that sounds like a contested dissolution, you may need to be fully represented by a different law firm or attorney.

What is an uncontested divorce?

An uncontested divorce is a means of dissolving a marriage when both spouses agree to its end and have minimal disagreement as to key issues such as child custody, spousal or child support, or the division of assets. You can work together to form your own divorce agreement or you may retain a lawyer through Montana Legal Group to assist you with the details and negotiation.

What are the benefits of having an uncontested divorce?

Uncontested divorces are generally faster, more convenient and less costly than contested divorces. Because the divorcing parties agree on all major issues, the paperwork is streamlined and there's less need for lawyer involvement, which means substantially lower legal bills. In addition, since there's no legal wrangling, there are fewer legal proceedings to attend. In fact, there is no formal trial the only time you appear in court is for the final hearing with the judge.

Is an uncontested divorce right for me?

In general, uncontested divorces are usually best for couples without major disputes about children, property arrangements, or spousal support. It's best to speak with a qualified Montana divorce lawyer to find out whether uncontested divorce is appropriate for you before beginning the process. Contact us to see if uncontested divorce is right for you.

Why do I need a Montana divorce lawyer in an uncontested divorce?

Even if you and your spouse agree on all terms of the divorce, it's a smart idea to have a lawyer advise you about potential pitfalls, procedure, and to draft your documents. A lawyer experienced with uncontested divorces can ensure that your divorce agreement accurately reflects your interests and expectations. A mistake in a divorce agreement, whether it relates to financial support or child custody, could result in devastating financial and emotional consequences that could affect you for years.

How can Montana Legal Group help me with my uncontested divorce?

We offer limited representation dissolution packages to assist you with your divorce. Our packages include legal advice, coaching you through negotiations with your spouse, drafting your legal paperwork, showing you how to file with the Court, and preparing you for your final hearing. In limited areas, we offer mediation packages. Click here for services and flat fee pricing.

If you would like to find out more about uncontested divorce and discuss whether it's right for you, please call us for a free consultation at (406) 219-7689 or contact us online.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Assisting Clients Across Montana

Our experienced attorneys believe every Montanan deserves affordable advocacy and guidance through the legal system. As such, we have developed a unique system of legal care that allows us to protect and guide you with our first-rate, yet affordable, legal services.

You can trust in our legal advice and unwavering support in multiple areas of law. We represent clients seeking to begin a new life through uncontested dissolution or divorce. We help individuals safeguard their family's future through thoughtful, effective estate planning. And with our business formation services, we provide critical assistance to entrepreneurs in the early stages of a new enterprise.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Yes. At Montana Legal Group, we believe that every Montanan deserves affordable advocacy and guidance through the legal system. Limited scope representation, also called "attorney-assisted self-representation," is our answer to the problem of high cost legal services. Limited representation gives you the opportunity to choose only those services that are necessary to resolve your legal issue. No unnecessary fees or costs.

Limited scope's "do-it-yourself" approach complements your self-reliance and strong work ethic, while still supporting you at those critical junctures when professional legal knowledge and experience may be required. Limited representation is flexible, convenient, and a cost-effective way to approach your legal matters.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes. This is absolutely what we do with our "unbundled" menu of legal services.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

We highly encourage our clients to learn as much about the law and legal process as possible. Limited scope representation (a.k.a. "unbundled legal services") works better when the client is as educated as possible.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Oftentimes yes. Contact us with your legal issue and we can discuss an arrangement.

Charlie Cromwell

A Big Sky State native, Charlie grew up in Missoula, Montana. After graduating from Hellgate High School, Charlie attended Harvard University. While in college, Charlie was an ROTC cadet and Division I varsity athlete in swimming and water polo. After graduating cum laude in American History, Charlie received his commission in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. His 4-year, active duty service included a 13-month combat tour in Iraq. While in the field, Charlie was put in numerous positions that required strong leadership, quick-thinking, and sound judgment. These positions ranged from leading his armored platoon during combat, to managing his base's perimeter security and quick reaction force, to negotiating multi-million dollar contracts with international firms and Iraqi businessmen on behalf of the U.S. Army. Upon completion of his active duty service, Charlie transferred into the Army Reserves and returned to his hometown to pursue simultaneous degrees in Law and Public Administration from the University of Montana.

While in law school, Charlie was a regional finalist on the Negotiations Competition Team, drafted and helped enact legislation regarding affordable prescriptions with the Montana legislature, and worked as a legal intern at Boone Karlberg, P.C.

After graduating from law school in 2009, Charlie worked as a legislative fellow in the U.S. Senate where he focused on veteran and defense policy. His time in D.C. included helping draft and pass legislation mandating face-to-face PTSD and TBI screenings before and after deployments, and legislation involving veteran unemployment. In 2010, he co-founded a Montana startup technology company, and has advised companies and partnerships as both in-house and outside counsel. He is a U.S. Army (Reserves) JAG Corps Officer and has argued before the military's highest criminal court of appeals as amicus curiae. Charlie practices in the areas of business law and entity formation, estate planning, administrative law, and veterans' law.

Charlie is a firm believer in service, both personally for his country and professionally for his fellow Montanans. Whether he is helping veterans receive the benefits they are entitled to or helping bootstrapped entrepreneurs start their dream businesses, he continues to bring his passion and dedication to work with him every day.

Charlie is married to Audrey Cromwell, a practicing attorney and the co-founder of Montana Legal Group, which is an affiliate of Cromwell Law, PLLC. In his free time, Charlie enjoys swimming, living in Montana, and spending time with his family.
License
  • Bar Number: 11405
    Montana
Education
  • Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
    B.A. , 2002
    Cum Laude
  • University of Montana (Missoula, MT)
    J.D. , 2009
  • University of Montana (Missoula, MT)
    M.P.A. , 2009
    High Honors
  • Hellgate High School (Missoula, MT)
    Diploma , 1998
    High Honors

Audrey Cromwell

Audrey Cromwell grew up in Billings, Montana. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, receiving her undergraduate degree in American Studies. She returned to Montana for law school and graduated from University of Montana Law School in 2009.

In law school, Audrey served as the Montana Law Review's Editor-in-Chief, managing the editing and production of UM Law School's prominent state-wide legal journal. She coordinated the Browning Symposium focused on Montana's unique issue of rural law and public land, working with State Legislators, Congressional members, lawyers, ranchers, sport fisherman, and the USDA. In 2007, Audrey worked for Crowley Fleck, PLLP in oil and gas, estates, and general litigation. From 2008-2009, she prosecuted misdemeanors for the Missoula County Attorney's Office, and represented low-income clients at Montana Legal Services in family, divorce, parenting, child custody and dependency and neglect cases. In 2009, she served on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in Washington D.C. where her focus broadened to both state and national level legal policy.

Audrey is known for being passionate, effective, and efficient. In early 2010, she joined the Public Defender's Office in Billings, where she represented over 570 clients with traffic tickets, criminal misdemeanors, and felony charges. She has represented clients in numerous jury and judge trials. From 2010-2011, she was appointed to serve on the 13th Judicial District Felony Drug Court in Billings where she represented clients charged with felony drug cases. She collaborated with prosecutors, probation officers, police officers, Judges, and addiction treatment providers to encourage participants to recover from drug and alcohol addiction. Audrey currently represents clients in front of Municipal (city), Justice (county), and District Courts.

Audrey lives to help and serve Montanans. She believes that every Montanan deserves affordable advocacy and guidance through the legal system. In striving for this, she has developed a unique system of affordable legal care by offering limited scope representation and flat rate billing.

Audrey is married to Charlie Cromwell, a practicing JAG attorney and an Iraq war veteran. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and being active in the great Montana outdoors.
License
  • Bar Number: 11233
    Montana
Education
  • Billings West High School (Billings, MT)
    HS Diploma , 2000
    High Honors
  • Carleton College (Northfield, MN)
    B.A. , 2005
    Cum Laude
  • University of Montana (Missoula, MT)
    J.D. , 2009
    Co-Editor in Chief, Montana Law Review

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