Finding Legal Help


An attorney is a professionally trained and licensed individual who helps people with legal problems. They advise people about their legal rights and options, prepare legal documents and represent people in courts and government agencies. See the Utah State Bar's Frequently Asked Questions About Attorneys ( web page for more information.

Finding a Lawyer

Lawyer Directories

Use one of these directories to find a lawyer, or ask friends and family to recommend an lawyer. Court staff cannot recommend lawyers.

Guardianship Signature Program

The Guardianship Signature Program provides a lawyer for the respondent, or disabled person, in Adult Guardianship and Conservatorship cases. Depending on the respondent's assets or income, the representation may be free or based on a sliding scale of fees. Click on the link for more information.

Other Ways to Hire a Lawyer

Many people think they can't afford to hire an attorney. Here are two options provided by the Utah State Bar that may help:

Modest Means Lawyer Referral Program

The Utah State Bar's Modest Means Lawyer Referral Program ( provides access to legal representation for people whose income is too high to qualify for free legal services, but too low to pay a lawyer's standard rate. In order to qualify you must fall below the income guidelines. See their webpage for program information.

Limited Legal Help

Limited legal help, also known as "limited scope legal representation" or "unbundled services" is an agreement between an attorney and client that the lawyer will provide specific services for a predetermined fee. For example, the lawyer and client could agree that the lawyer:

  • will only advise the client about the strength of the case, or
  • help draft a document, or
  • review a document the client has drafted, or
  • coach the client for a negotiation, or
  • help with the discovery process, or
  • coach the client for a hearing, or
  • appear in court on behalf of the client for one hearing only, or
  • any combination of these kinds of services

Search the Utah State Bar's Lawyer Referral Directory ( for lawyers who offer limited legal help. Use the Practice Area drop-down box to find limited representation attorneys in areas such as contracts, divorce, estate planning and family law.

See the Utah State Bar's Overview of Public Service Program ( web page for more information about working with lawyers

Complaints About Attorneys

The Utah State Bar's Consumer Assistance Program ( is designed to help resolve conflicts between clients and their attorneys. This program also allows you to file a complaint against an attorney besides your own.

The Bar also offers a Fee Arbitration Service ( to work out fee disputes between clients and their attorneys.

Unauthorized Practice of Law

Only attorneys licensed by the Utah State Bar can practice law in Utah. Paralegals, notarios, immigration consultants and others may not give legal advice or otherwise practice law unless they are licensed attorneys. You can use the Utah State Bar's attorney directory ( to see if someone is a licensed Utah attorney.

Supreme Court Rule of Professional Practice 14-802 defines the practice of law. The rule also says that giving clerical help to fill out court forms is not the practice of law if no fee is charged. 

If you believe someone is practicing law without a license, you can report them to the Utah State Bar. For more information, see the Utah State Bar's Unauthorized Practice of Law web page (

Law Libraries

Law libraries have print and online resources including statutes, regulations, court rules, and court decisions, as well as legal encyclopedias, form books, and books about specific areas of law. Most law books are written for legal professionals, but some books are written for non-lawyers. Law library staff can't give you legal advice, but they can show you how to use their resources.

Page Last Modified: 2/10/2016
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