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Originally founded as the Hellgate Trading post in 1860 at the head of a five valley system, the city of Missoula, MT was officially incorporated in 1883. Dubbed the Garden City for its forested surroundings, fresh water, and mild winters (compared to the rest of Montana), Missoula offers residents and visitors a liberal atmosphere, abundant outdoor activities, and a thriving cultural scene. Area attractions include the Bayern, Big Sky, and Kettle House breweries, the Art Museum of Missoula, the Coloma Ghost Town, and the University of Montana.
Multiple Missoula lawyers have chosen to make this area their home. Missoula lawyers bring their expertise to legal matters involving family, real estate, business, personal injury, and other issues you may encounter.
Attorneys in Missoula were recently involved in a lawsuit over the arrest of a local physician. The physician claimed that Missoula police officers used extreme force during his arrest in August of 2007 after he refused to leave the side of a suicidal woman who threatened to shoot herself if he did so. The woman eventually went into a drug induced coma; the doctor left her side and was tackled from behind and tasered. The lawsuit is ongoing.
Montana's judicial system is composed of limited jurisdiction courts, general jurisdiction district courts, and the state supreme court. Lawyers in Billings typically argue their case in the Missoula Municipal Court, the 4th Judicial District or the Montana Supreme Court. A local Missoula attorney can help you decide which court should hear your case, and can provide guidance on any special rules of the court.
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