The Benefits of Mediation in Resolving Legal Disputes

Posted by David J. SteeleJun 25, 20240 Comments

Mediation offers numerous benefits over litigation, including cost savings, time efficiency, flexibility, confidentiality, preservation of relationships, and reduced stress. As an alternative dispute resolution method, mediation empowers parties to reach mutually satisfactory agreements in a more constructive and less adversarial manner. For many, it is the preferable choice when facing legal disputes.

The Importance of Non-Partisan Judicial Elections

Posted by David J. SteeleMay 23, 20240 Comments

In the landscape of American democracy, the judiciary plays a critical role in upholding the rule of law, ensuring justice, and maintaining the balance of power among the branches of government. One of the key aspects that safeguard the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary is the election process of judges. While various methods exist for selecting judges, non-partisan judicial elections stand out as a crucial mechanism to preserve judicial independence and public trust in the legal system. The integrity and effectiveness of the judiciary depend significantly on the processes by which judges are selected. Non-partisan judicial elections play a vital role in preserving judicial impartiality, promoting merit, reducing political influence and corruption, and enhancing public trust in the legal system. By prioritizing the qualifications and ethical standards of judicial candidates over their political affiliations, non-partisan elections help to ensure that the judiciary remains a bastion of fairness and justice in society. For these reasons, it is essential to advocate for and uphold non-partisan judicial elections as a means to protect the foundational principles of our legal system.

Understanding the Difference Between a Deed and a Title

Posted by David J. SteeleMay 23, 20240 Comments

The primary distinction between a deed and fee title ownership lies in their nature and function. A deed is the instrument that facilitates the transfer of property, documenting the transaction and identifying the involved parties. In contrast, fee title ownership is the type of ownership interest that the grantee receives once the deed is executed. While the deed is necessary for the legal transfer of property, fee title ownership defines the extent and nature of the rights that the new owner holds. Understanding these differences is vital for anyone involved in real estate transactions. Whether you are buying, selling, or inheriting property, being informed about deeds and fee title ownership will help you navigate the process with confidence and clarity.

Navigating the Waters of Homeowner Associations: Benefits and Risks Explained

Posted by David J. SteeleMar 27, 20240 Comments

Navigating HOA Membership For prospective homeowners, the key to successfully navigating HOA membership lies in due diligence. Before purchasing a property, it's essential to thoroughly review the HOA's covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs), understand the fee structure, and assess the association's financial health. Engaging in the community, attending board meetings, and staying informed about HOA affairs can empower homeowners to make the most of their HOA experience while mitigating potential risks. Homeowner associations are common and are almost always part of modern property developments and subdivisions. HOAs can offer substantial benefits, enhancing property values and community living. However, they also come with inherent risks and restrictions that prospective homeowners need to carefully consider. As with any significant investment, informed decision-making is the key to aligning your home purchase with your lifestyle and financial goals. Please feel free to reach out to Geiszler Steele, PC with your Homeowner Association questions.

  The Separation of Powers Doctrine - Why an independent judiciary and legal profession is critical to our democracy.

Posted by David J. SteeleSep 28, 20230 Comments

the Separation of Powers doctrine is an institutional safeguard, a balance designed to prevent the concentration of power and to guard against tyranny.An independent judiciary ensures that laws are interpreted and applied without the influence of politics, popular sentiment, or personal interests. Its judgments are based on the principles enshrined in our Constitution and the established body of law. And for the judiciary to function at its best, we need an independent legal profession, lawyers and advocates who can argue cases, raise issues, and champion causes without fear of retribution, retaliation, or undue influence.

The Indispensable Rule of Law in a Democracy

Posted by David J. SteeleJun 27, 20230 Comments

The Rule of Law underpins the protection of rights, fosters accountability and predictability, supports economic growth, and encourages public participation. By maintaining the Rule of Law, we cultivate a robust democratic society where justice, equality, and freedom thrive, forming the bedrock upon which democratic societies stand.

The Importance of an Independent Judiciary

Posted by David J. SteeleFeb 15, 20230 Comments

An independent judiciary is critical to upholding the rule of law and protecting the principles of democracy. Judges must be able to make decisions based on the facts of the case and the law, rather than being swayed by outside pressures or opinions. This helps to ensure that legal decisions are made fairly and objectively, which is critical for maintaining public trust in the legal system.

What are the consequences of informal contracts?

Posted by David J. SteeleMar 07, 20170 Comments

Employers, landlords and construction company owners across western Montana rely on contracts to define professional relationships. However, some people get a little bit lax with regard to creating, reviewing or renewing these contracts when they feel like they have a history with the other party...

Do you really know where your property lines are?

Posted by David J. SteeleFeb 22, 20170 Comments

Land is an incredibly valuable asset for property owners across Montana. Whether you own one-quarter of an acre or tens of thousands of acres, every transaction involving that land has the potential to be complicated. One common complication that arises in real estate transactions across Montana ...

How to talk to potential investors

Posted by David J. SteeleFeb 03, 20170 Comments

The idea comes first, but forming a business is much more than just the product or service. There are business structures, employee and client contracts, insurance, location, branding and so much more. Before it gets off the ground, one of the most important things you'll do for your business is ...

Montana easement basics

Posted by David J. SteeleJan 26, 20170 Comments

In some situations, a property owner may find themselves without the ability to reasonably access public lands or portions of their own land without crossing onto another person's land. If this is the case, they may require what is known as an easement. When an individual attains an easement, the...