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The Rocky Mountain Region stretches over 2,980 miles of some of the most breathtaking land in North America. They start in the North of British Columbia, Canada and extend down into the State of New Mexico. Rocky Mountain attractions include a number of United States and Canadian National Parks such as Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Glacier National Park, Banff National Park, and Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
Rocky Mountain industry is largely made up of tourist services, but also draws heavily from natural resources with natural gas wells and mineral deposit mines. Forestry and agriculture are two other highly lucrative products of the Rocky Mountain region. Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico are all part of the region that most call “the Rockies.”
The Rocky Mountain region is home to a unique legal climate that is heavily concerned with environmentalism and preservation, but also has many common cases like bankruptcy, personal injury, divorce, immigration, and criminal cases like DUI infractions and felonies. Rocky Mountain lawyers know local court procedures, laws, and contingent issues surrounding your case with which you may not be familiar. In addition, knowledgeable Rocky Mountain lawyers know the appropriate court and division for filing your case.
The Rocky Mountain Region stretches so far that it covers 6 U.S. states that have varying judicial arrangements. Some issues like visa, deportation, and citizenship cases must be filed with a U.S. Immigration Court in any case. Chapter 7 and Chapter 14 bankruptcy cases are most often filed with the U.S. District Court in your area. Other cases like divorces are filed with different courts depending on your location. A divorce motion in Idaho can be filed with the Magistrates Division Court or the District Court whereas in Montana it is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the District Court. Similarly, a personal injury case in a Utah District Court has different jurisdictional rules than the Magistrate Court in New Mexico. Often it’s best to consult a lawyer who can properly lay out your options for you and advise your ultimate decision.
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