A child was hit by a truck and her parents both want to get different lawyers for her in the same case. It happened in Utah. The child is 6 years old and the parents just want justice, they are separated and want to see if they are allowed to each get an attorney to represent their daughter in the case.
The answer is yes but, this may just cause undue costs and fees. No matter which parent retains an attorney, if money is awarded by way of judgment or settlement, most states have a provision by which the money must be deposited in a blocked account for the benefit of the minor until the child turns 18 and futher does not allow either parent to have access to the money absent court approval. They should both ask the prospective attorneys about what the procedure is for minor's settlements or verdicts under Utah law.
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I answered your related question earlier. This addtional information is very helpful. Now that we know the parents are separated, and that they both want their own lawyer for the child, and are hoping that two lawyers can come in to do the work of one, the issue is more in focus. I don't recommend this approach, in part because of your related question and the information we've gleaned in the process. It is not like a divorce situation where both parents get lawyers. This is a situation where the child needs a lawyer. The lawyer will be working on behalf of the child. The settlement, when achieved, will be the child's. The court will get involved and a judge will review the settlement and will determine whether the settlement is in the best interests of the child, or not. I think it would be a bit unusual for two competing lawyers to both represent the child. There are situations where two lawyers are involved, but that would be more like one referring a difficult case to a specialist and both working up the case together to achieve a common result for the child. The parents need to engage one lawyer to represent their child. That is my recommendation. I hope my earlier answers also help, too.
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Nate's answer is a great answer. The parents should put their differences aside for what best benefits the victim - their child - that should be your guiding light - always do what is best for the child. Fragmented representation (having two lawyers) simply allows the insurance company to play one against the other and will unnecessarily complicate and delay matters. Hire one good attorney who represents people injured by the fault of others.
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