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The seat of Cascade County, Great Falls, MT sits along the Missouri river. Great Falls is named for the series of waterfalls found by the Lewis & Clark expedition on the river, and was officially incorporated in 1888. Modern day Great Falls encompasses over 17 square miles and has a population of approximately 57,000. The city is also known as the Electric city due to the proximity of five hydroelectric dams and the Western Art Capital of the World for its cultural attractions. Great Falls is the site of the Malmstrom Air Force Base, the Anaconda Railroad and Mining Museum, and the Electric City Water Park.
For legal issues you may face in Great Falls, you may need the assistance of a local Great Falls lawyer. Great Falls lawyers can help with many legal issues such as criminal charges, employment, family, medical malpractice, real estate, and wills trusts and estates issues, as well as others.
Lawyers in Great Falls recently litigated a case between two local electricity cooperatives. The lawsuit was filed by the Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative over proposed plans to build the Highwood Generating Station as a coal-fired plant near Great Falls. The lawsuit claimed that the proposed cost of the coal plant had doubled from $456 million to nearly $900 million. The lawsuit also alleged that Southern Montana Electric Generation and Transmission Cooperative, and others shut Yellowstone out of plant decisions since Yellowstone officials voiced their concerns over rising costs and secretive management practices. Plans to build the coal plant were eventually swapped with plans to construct a natural gas powered plant.
Courts of limited jurisdiction, general jurisdiction, and the state's supreme court make up the Montana judicial system. Great Falls attorneys normally argue their case in the Great Falls Municipal Court, the 8th Judicial District, or the Montana Supreme Court. Each court has its own special rules and procedures, so a Great Falls attorney can help provide guidance on how to navigate this system.
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