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Unauthorized Practice of Law




All complaints about the unauthorized practice of law (UPL) should be directed to the Montana Office of Consumer Protection.

The primary reason for prohibiting the unauthorized practice of law is to protect the public from being advised and represented by unqualified persons not subject to professional regulation.

The Office of Consumer Protection UPL investigates complaints that:

      1. are against an attorney not licensed to practice law in Montana OR
      2. against a person who has, for economic gain, misrepresented their status or abilities to perform services that require a law license or who has engaged in acts that are immoral, unethical, oppressive, unscrupulous or substantially injurious to consumers.

      If your Complaint is against a person licensed to practice law in Montana, contact the Montana Supreme Court’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

      File a complaint about the unlicensed practice of law

      To file a complaint, download and complete our complaint form. Send the completed form to:

      Montana Department of Justice
      Office of Consumer Protection
      P.O. Box 200151
      Helena, MT  59620-0151

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