Licensed Paralegal Practitioner Program

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Licensed Paralegal Practitioner

Rule 14-802 of the Rules Governing the Utah State Bar creates an exception to the authorization to practice law for an LPP. The exception permits an LPP to assist a client only in the practice areas for which the LPP is licensed. The rule limits an LPP’s possible practice areas to:

  • Specific family law matters, such as temporary separation, divorce, parentage, cohabitant abuse, civil stalking, custody and support, or name change;
  • Forcible entry and detainer; and
  • Debt collection matters in which the dollar amount at issue does not exceed the statutory limit for small claims cases.

Rule 14-802 also enumerates permissible actions for LPPs

within the practice areas. Under this rule, an LPP may represent the interests of a natural person by:

  • Entering into a contractual relationship with a client (LPPs cannot represent corporations); (c)(1)(A)
  • Interviewing a client to determine the client’s needs and goals; (c)(1)(B)
  • Assisting a client with completing forms approved by the Judicial Council or preparing documents that are consistent with the relevant portions of the approved forms; (c)(1)(C)
  • Informing, counseling, advising, and assisting in determining which form to use and giving advice on how to complete the form; (D)
  • Signing, filing, and completing service of the form; (E)
  • Obtaining, explaining, preparing, and filing any document needed to support those forms; (F)
  • Reviewing documents of another party and explain those documents to a client; (G)
  • Informing, counseling, assisting, negotiating, and advocating for a client for purposes of settlement;  (H)
  • Filling in, signing, filing, and completing service of a written settlement agreement form in conformity with the negotiated agreement; (I)
  • Communicate with another party or the party’s representative regarding the relevant forms and matters reasonably related thereto; (J)
  • Explain to a client the court’s order and how it affects the client’s rights and obligations; (K)
  • Standing or sitting with the client during a proceeding to provide emotional support, answering factual questions as needed that are addressed to the client by the court or opposing counsel, taking notes, and assisting the client to understand the proceeding and relevant orders. (L)

An LPP may not charge contingency fees (UCJA Rule 13-1.05(e) and must provide their clients with a written agreement (see UCJA Rule 13-1.05(f) for details). They may, however, own their own firms, own a non-controlling equity interest in a firm with attorneys, and use the courts’ e-filing systems. There will be no pro hac vice admissions and no reciprocal licensing, at least for the time being. They will be required to have trust accounts and will have the obligation to provide pro bono services.


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