We represent clients across the state of Montana, whether that be in court or simply drafting a contract or lease. We have represented clients from Ekalaka to Browning, from Wibaux to Dillon and all points in between. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in all judicial districts in Montana, Federal Court for the District of Montana, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Agencies of the Federal and State Governments wield incredible power with massive budgets and seemingly unlimited manpower. Often this power is targeted on individual landowners. Let us tip the balance back in your favor. Lund Law is experienced in battling both State and Federal Agencies. We have defended private property owners against the overreaching of the BLM, Forest Service, and various state agencies. We have also defended private property rights against some of the largest corporations in the world in oil pipeline cases as well as large international transmission line companies.
Lund Law PLLC offers a full range of water-related legal services to landowners, farmers, ranchers, commercial entities and other interests regarding their water rights and ditch easements. Our attorneys represent a wide variety of clients in Montana’s courts and agencies: the statewide adjudication of historical water rights before the Montana Water Court; the new water right appropriation and change process before the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC); and in state District Courts regarding the enforcement and distribution of water rights, ditch easement issues, and property disputes. We also handle negotiations and transactions involving transfers of water rights and real estate.
Business Transactions & Litigation
Lund Law is experienced in litigating business disputes. We have represented clients in judicial dissolutions, contract interpretations, and lease disputes. We have found that poorly drafted documents are often the reason for expensive litigation. Let us draft or review your contracts and leases now to prevent costly litigation later. Lund Law also provides due diligence assessments before the transaction so that you know what you are buying. We can help you understand the water rights associated with a prospective purchase or to help you know the value of what you are selling.
Lund Law is experienced in representing landowners against the government trying to take your property. In some cases we represent landowners in the initial negotiations to make sure landowners are compensated fairly. In other cases, we agressively represent landowners in contesting the government’s legal authority to condemn. We also represent landowners against private corporations trying to use eminent domain authority. We can help you whether you are contesting the taking or whether you just want to make sure you get fairly compensated.
One of the most important steps we can take to protect ourselves and our loved ones is to establish a thoughtful estate plan. A well-designed estate plan can provide support and financial stability for your family, ensure your wishes are carried out, assist in distributing assets, reduce or avoid estate taxes, protect your family’s privacy, create gifts to specific charitable organizations, and, for certain clients, preserve agricultural and open space land for generations to come. Options may include wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and advance medical directives.
Real Estate Transactions
From purchase-and-sale contracts, the development of real property, boundary disputes and title issues, to liens encumbering real property, Lund Law is versed in all aspects of real estate transactions and litigation. In addition to helping you negotiate and understand real estate transactions, we can help you understand the water rights associated with a prospective purchase or sale.