I more than qualify for Utah free legal aid for help with my divorce but feel I might be better represented if I hire an attorney. I know attorneys charge for every call and email could I hire one of you and still apply for legal aid and use both? Then use legal aid for they in between stuff or some of the not so important issues? My goal in hiring an attorney is protecting my kids in the divorce, but I only have so much set aside. I am worried about using that all up before the divorce is final and then having to use legal aid when I feel I may need the hired attorney the most
I don't believe Legal Aid would represent you if you had a paid for lawyer. Also, I am guessing most attorneys would be uncomfortable with this type of representation, to easy to blur lines of responsibility among other potential problems.
Short answer to your question is no. I agree with my colleague in that you don't qualify for legal aid if you can afford your own attorney. I totally agree on getting an attorney to protect your children and your assets. Remember, when you pay an attorney you will know you have an attorney and the attorney will know that he/she has a client.
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Hiring two lawyers in your divorce to handle the same issues is akin to hiring two taxis to take you to the airport.
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