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The Utah Judiciary is committed to the open, fair, and efficient administration of justice under the law. Find important information on what to do about your case and where to find help on our Alerts and Information Page due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

El poder judicial de Utah está comprometido a la administración de justicia de una manera abierta, justa y eficiente bajo la ley. En nuestra página Información y alertas encontrará información importante sobre qué hacer en cuanto a su caso y dónde encontrar ayuda debido al impacto del brote de COVID-19.

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Finding Legal Help

You are not required to hire an attorney, but legal matters can be complicated. Consider talking to an attorney to go over your options. See the Finding Legal Help page for information about free and low cost ways to get legal help. 

Como encontrar ayuda legal

Usted no está obligado a contratar un abogado, pero los asuntos legales pueden ser complicados. Considere la posibilidad de hablar con un abogado para hablar de sus opciones. Para información sobre cómo obtener ayuda legal vea nuestra página Como encontrar ayuda legal.

Changing Lawyers

Notice of Withdrawal of Counsel or Licensed Paralegal Practitioner

If the lawyer or licensed paralegal practitioner (LPP) who was representing you no longer does, they are supposed to file a Notice of Withdrawal of Counsel or Licensed Paralegal Practitioner with the court. This notice tells the court and the other party that the lawyer or LPP no longer represents you. If the lawyer or LPP does not file the notice, the court and other parties will assume that they still represent you and will send pleadings and other papers to the lawyer or LPP instead of to you.

If the lawyer or LPP does not file a Notice of Withdrawal of Counsel or Licensed Paralegal Practitioner ask them to do so. See the Forms section for form.

Notice to Appear Personally or to Appoint Counsel or Licensed Paralegal Practitioner

If the lawyer or LPP for the other party has withdrawn from the case, you must file and serve on that party a Notice to Appear Personally or to Appoint Counsel or Licensed Paralegal Practitioner. This notice tells the other party that there will be no action in the case for at least 21 days. After 21 days, you and the court can assume that the party is representing themselves. See the Forms section for form.

Notice of Appearance

If your lawyer or LPP withdraws from the case, you must decide whether to hire someone else or represent yourself. After you decide, file a Notice of Appearance. This notice tells the court and the other party that you will represent yourself or that you have hired a new lawyer or LPP. Pleadings and other documents will then be sent to the right person. See the Forms section for the form.

If your lawyer or LPP withdraws from the case, the other party is supposed to serve you with Notice to Appear Personally or to Appoint Counsel or Licensed Paralegal Practitioner, but they might not. If you are served, there will be no activity in the case for at least 21 days. This allows you time to hire another lawyer ot LPP. Even if the other party does not serve a Notice to Appear Personally or to Appoint Counsel, you should file a Notice of Appearance.

Substitution of Counsel or Licensed Paralegal Practitioner

If you hire a different lawyer or licensed paralegal practitioners, file a Substitution of Counsel or Licensed Paralegal Practitioner form with the court so everyone knows that you've hired a new lawyer or licensed paralegal practitioner. See the Forms section for the form.

Forms

  • Notice of Withdrawal of Counsel - PDF | Word
  • Notice to Appear or to Appoint Counsel - PDF | Word
  • Notice of Personal Appearance or Notice of New Counsel's Appearance - PDF | Word
  • Substitution of Counsel - PDF | Word

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The Utah State Courts mission is to provide the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.


Page Last Modified: 1/2/2020
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