Practice Areas

Effective Legal Counsel in Montana, Idaho and Northern Utah

We are experienced legal counselors assisting clients in Montana and northern Utah with a full range of legal concerns. We are one of the leading authorities on 1031 real estate exchanges in the region and help our clients navigate this complex area of the tax code. We are also a trusted representative in legal matters involving real estate transactions, business law, dispute resolution, water law, estate planning and probate.

Contact one of our attorneys at Max A. Hansen & Associates, P.C. at 406-551-4431 to schedule a meeting with an experienced lawyer. You may also contact us online.

Tax Deferred Property Exchanges

As the founder of American Equity Exchange, Inc., one of the first tax deferred property exchange intermediaries in the region, one of our attorneys, Max A. Hansen, is one of the leading authorities on Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 exchanges in the nation. With his experience in the area, we help property owners preserve their equity by exchanging their properties for other income or investment properties — all while deferring capital gains taxes.

To learn more about 1031 tax deferred exchanges, visit or, see our newsletter on how to Save Tax Dollars With a Section 1031 Exchange.

Real Estate Transactions

We assist clients with all phases of the purchase and sale of all types of real estate, including ranches, farms and businesses. We also assist clients with the negotiating, drafting and review of commercial and agricultural leases.

Business Law

With approximately 30 years of experience as legal counsel to countless companies, including publicly traded companies, we maintain the knowledge and experience to assist businesses with a full range of legal issues, including contract negotiation and drafting; the formation, dissolution and maintenance of entities; employer/employee issues on behalf of the employer such as workers' compensation coverage and labor regulation compliance; and account collection.

Mediation and Arbitration

We help people and businesses resolve disputes outside of the courtroom through third party mediation. We offer mediation assistance in the areas of water rights disputes (see below); property disputes including rights of way and easements; contract disputes; personal injury cases; business disputes; and divorce mediation.

Water Rights Disputes

The average rainfall in northern Utah and Montana is as little as 13 inches per year, making disputes over water commonplace. We help people protect their water and ditch rights and work to resolve water disputes among property owners.

Estate Planning and Probate

We assist individuals, families and businesses with probate matters and the planning and establishment of wills, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, durable powers of attorney and advanced health care directives. We also work with other financial planners and tax advisors in identifying tax issues related to estate planning.

To speak with an experienced lawyer, contact us online or call 406-551-4431.