Pro Bono

Note:  This is a description of the types of issues that Utah Legal Services may be able to help find a probono attorney to help with.  For information about these issues on our website, click here.

Even if Utah Legal Services (ULS) cannot assist you directly, we can often find volunteer or pro bono attorneys who are willing to help low-income clients free of charge.  The types of cases we can place with volunteer attorneys varies depending on the expertise of the attorneys themselves and we can not guarantee placement of any case.  However, we are often able to find volunteer attorneys for the following:

    • Bankruptcy; while ULS does not directly handle bankruptcy cases the following resources are available:

1. Step by Step Guide to filing bankruptcy and answers to your frequently asked questions

2.Volunteer attorneys to answer more specific questions on our bankruptcy hotline. Call 801-328-8891 or 800-662-4245 to get your case started or if you already have a case call the hotline directly at 801-328-8891 ext. 3446, please allow a week for your call to be returned.

3. Debtor’s Legal Clinic held from 6-8pm the 4th Thursday of each month at the Salt Lake City Public Library located at 400 South 210 East, Conference Room - Level 4.

    • Family Problems; if your family related matter cannot be handled by ULS directly we will consider it for volunteer placement.
    • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO); and
    • helping potential wards in Guardianship cases.

We encourage you to call us to see if we can help you.  We take new calls between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  For information on what to expect when you call, click here.  For office locations and phone numbers, click here.  You may also click here for general legal information and other possible resources

ULS also helps with these other types of cases:

Other information available:

. . . represented "Laura."  "Laura" had previously experienced domestic violence from her husband but had returned to the relationship. During the early part of the summer, her husband told her he was going to kill her. She didn’t feel he was serious, as he has said things like this before without acting. 

"Laura" came home from work and was about to start dinner when her husband, his sister, and another friend showed up. Her husband started yelling at her and began physically assaulting her brother. "Laura" left the house using the back door.  She got into her vehicle and left and went to a friend’s house.  About thirty minutes later, her husband showed up at the house.

He came into the friend's house without knocking and started pushing people around who were present in the home. He demanded to know where his wife was; "Laura" was hiding in the closet but managed to get out again and ran over to her mother’s house to call the police.

It was there that he finally caught up with her and beat her; he had a gun and put it to her head. He also had a knife and told her he was going to shoot her and then cut her up. The police came in time to arrest him. "Laura" was transported to Duchesne County Hospital with severe injuries.

Utah Legal Services assisted "Laura" in requesting a protective order. A protective order was then filed and granted. The FBI came in and transported the opposing party to a federal facility, where he was arraigned in federal court and is still awaiting trial.