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Montana Bad Faith Lawyers

Our attorneys can defend your insurance company with the utmost precision and attentiveness. Our formidable team of Montana Insurance Bad Faith Lawyers at HagEstad Law Group, PLLC stands ready to safeguard your company against insurance bad faith claims. We are your steadfast shield, fiercely protecting your interests and maintaining the integrity of your company.


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We used HagEstad Law Group to start our Twisted Trolley L.L.C. company. As soon as you walk in the staff is very welcoming and professional. David who is our attorney and one of the owners ( his brother being the other ) was extremely knowledgeable.The entire staff was great to work with.Mindy was excellent and very personable.We are glad to have found HagEstad Law Group and will use them again as needed.

Fred Skusek


I needed some commercial lease documents reviewed and was sent to David's office by referral. I was very pleased with David's level of service and attention to detail. He was thorough with the information he gave me about my lease documents and gave me a couple very important suggestions. Even after the lease was signed and he had finished his portion of the responsibility I called to ask a question about the lease as my agent informed me that they were asking for a larger down payment than I had originally agreed to and David responded to my call and informed there was no charge as it was part of my cost to review the lease agreement. If you are looking for an attorney to review documents quickly and be responsive David is the right guy for the job. I will certainly be using his services in the future if and when necessary.

Nick Brammer


From the moment we entered the office, Mindy was very attentive and friendly and made us feel at home. David was very professional and no nonsense and got to the point. Very informative. All the staff is outstanding. We have recommended him to several people. Great Job,

Judy Penman


Montana Bad Faith Lawyers

Types Of Bad Faith Cases We Can Help You With

At HagEstad Law Group, we handle both first-party and third-party bad faith claims. We vigorously represent insurance companies against allegations of bad faith. Here are the types of cases we are proficient in handling:

First-Party Bad Faith

  • Inadequate claim processing: Ensuring proper steps are taken during claim processing to prevent accusations of bad faith.
  • Improper or inadequate claim investigation: Safeguarding against inadequate investigation or excessively intrusive inquiries that could lead to bad faith claims.
  • Delay in payment: Offering guidance in timely payment practices to avoid implications of bad faith.
  • Unreasonable denial of claim: Ensuring that the grounds for denial are reasonable and justifiable.

Third-Party Bad Faith:

  • Failure to settle: Providing counsel to make informed decisions during settlement negotiations to prevent bad faith claims.
  • Failure to defend: Ensuring compliance with the duty to defend insureds against third-party claims.

Negligent handling of defense: Advising on best practices in defense strategies to avoid allegations of bad faith or negligence.

Common Duties Of Insurance Companies Acting In Good Faith

As an insurer, acting in good faith is essential to uphold your reputation and avoid legal complications. Here are the fundamental duties insurance companies must observe:

  • Duty to Investigate Claims: Ensure an appropriate and timely investigation is conducted before issuing any determination on a claim.
  • Duty to Uphold the Terms of the Policy: Strict adherence to the terms of the insurance policy is mandatory, including honoring legal and financial obligations.
  • Duty to Defend Policyholders: Offer legal representation to insured parties when required under the policy terms.
  • Duty to Indemnify: Obligation to cover judgments and settlements as dictated by the policy terms and limits.

When Can A Bad Faith Claim be Filed Under the Montana Unfair Trade Practices Act?

Insurance companies must adhere to the Montana Unfair Trade Practices Act (UTPA) to ensure fair treatment of claimants. As a distinguished Montana bad faith insurance attorney, HagEstad Law Group stands ready to vigorously defend insurance companies against claims filed under the UTPA. Below are instances when claimants might allege violations of the UTPA, and in such cases, insurance companies need an adept legal defense:

  • Unjustified Denial of Insurance Coverage: Claimants may allege bad faith when they believe the insurance company has denied coverage without reasonable grounds. Our attorneys evaluate the case meticulously to present a strong defense.
  • Failure to Investigate the Claim: When accused of not conducting prompt and thorough investigations, our team demonstrates the efforts taken by the insurance company and the validity of their process.
  • Unreasonable Delay: If claimants allege that the insurance company has caused losses by unreasonably delaying a claim, our lawyers craft a defense that emphasizes due diligence and adherence to procedure.
  • Undervaluation of Claim: When faced with claims of offering less than the full value, we defend insurance companies by elucidating the evaluation process and ensuring that it aligns with industry standards.
  • Denying a Claim without Reason: If a claimant asserts that their claim was denied without explanation, our Montana bad faith attorneys work to substantiate the grounds for denial.
  • Ignoring Time Limit Demands: In cases where the insurance company is accused of not responding within time constraints, we establish the rationale behind the timeline and actions taken.
  • Insurance Policy Misrepresentation: If an insurance company is accused of misrepresenting facts or policy provisions, our defense strategy focuses on clarifying communication and policy terms.

Why Do You Need An Insurance Bad Faith Lawyer?

Engaging a veteran Montana bad faith attorney is critical to protect your insurance company from allegations of bad faith, which can damage your reputation and result in substantial financial losses. Our attorneys provide seasoned counsel, ensuring that your claim-handling procedures are compliant, that you are well-prepared for any litigation, and that your company's interests are vigorously defended.

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Our Bad Faith Legal Process

At HagEstad Law Group, we deploy a streamlined approach to defending your insurance company:

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Initial Assessment

Understand the details of the case and assess the potential risk.

Case Strategy Development

Develop a tailored legal strategy focusing on the merits and intricacies of the case.

Evidence Gathering and Analysis

Meticulously collect and analyze all relevant evidence.

Negotiation and Settlement

Engage in negotiations to attempt a fair settlement where appropriate.

Trial Preparation and Representation

When necessary, prepare for trial and represent your company with fierce advocacy in court.

Why Put Your Trust In Us?

Why Choose HagEstad Law Group Bad Faith Lawyers?

Selecting HagEstad Law Group ensures that your insurance company is backed by a legal force like no other. We have years of experience handling some of the biggest bad faith cases in Montana and pride ourselves on our:


Customized Legal Strategies

Each case is distinct, and we appreciate that. Our tailored legal strategies address the unique elements of your case.


Relentless Advocacy

We are zealous advocates for our clients. Our tenacity in the courtroom is unrivaled.


Client-Centric Approach

Our clients are our utmost priority. We are devoted to delivering impeccable service and achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients.

G. Patrick HagEstad

G. Patrick HagEstad

G. Patrick HagEstad

  • Licensed in Arizona and Montana
  • AV Preeminent Rated in Litigation, Insurance, and Professional liability by Martindale-Hubbell
David J. HagEstad

David J. HagEstad

David J. HagEstad

  • Licensed in Arizona, Montana, and Texas.
  • President of Surprise Professional Center Office Condo Association
David J. HagEstad

Brien B. Birge

Brien B. Birge

  • Licensed in Arizona and Montana
  • Specialized in Estate Planning & Insurance Litigation

Meet Our Montana Professional Bad Faith Insurance Attorneys

HagEstad Law Group boasts a team of accomplished bad-faith insurance attorneys, renowned for their mastery of Montana insurance laws. Each attorney brings a unique skill set, ensuring that your case is handled with the highest level of diligence.

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What Is The Statute of Limitations For Bad Faith Claims In Montana?

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The statute of limitations for bringing a UTPA claim differs depending on whether you are a 1st party claimant (the insured) or a 3rd party claimant, someone injured by the insured. The 1st party must bring a claim within 2 years of the alleged bad act. The 3rd party is precluded from bringing the UTPA claim until they have tried or settled the underlying claim.

It’s vital for insurance companies to consult with experienced Montana bad faith insurance lawyers.

Can An Insurance Company Be Liable For Punitive Damages In Bad Faith Insurance Coverage Cases?

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Yes, under Montana law, if it is proven that an insurance company acted with actual malice or a conscious disregard for the rights or safety of the claimant, punitive damages can be awarded in addition to compensatory damages.

How Should Insurance Companies Respond To A Bad Faith Claim?

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Upon receiving a bad faith claim, it is critical to act promptly. Review the insurance claim, consult with a knowledgeable Montana bad faith attorney, and develop a strategy for response. HagEstad Law Group is here to guide insurance companies through every step of this process.