The following are some more ways you can quickly derail your attorney from effectively representing you and your interests.

3. Delay

When it comes to family law, delaying is rarely beneficial to your case. In fact, in some instances it can hurt your case. If you drag your feet or become unresponsive, your case can become stalled.

The facts of a case are the facts, so you should get them to your attorney in a timely manner. Purposely delaying a case can have serious repercussions, such as sanctions, additional time and fees, and even dismissal of your case. Your attorney understands you have other things demanding your attention, such as your work and family, however, your attorney simply can’t represent you without any input from you.

4. Outside Involvement

Going through any family law matter can be emotionally exhausting. While your attorney won’t expect you to go through it alone, they also don’t need the opinion of every person you know. Frequently, clients try to make their case a group effort, involving numerous friends and family members. This can quickly derail your attorney.

If your attorney is getting too many opinions, the best direction for your case may be unclear. Keep in mind that your case impacts you more than your friends and family, so it’s important to relay your own wishes to your attorney, not the wishes of those around you.

At Burton Law Firm, we understand the difficulties associated with family law. That’s why we shoulder the burden for our clients and fight for a fair resolution. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to speak with one of our dedicated attorneys today.

Continue to part 3 of “How to Derail Your Attorney.”


Michael B. Lundberg is a native of Logan, Utah. While in law school, Mike served as the Executive Articles Editor of the Journal of Law and Family Studies and was published in that Journal, as well as the Utah Law Review. During his third year, he also found time to serve as President of the James E. Faust Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

Mike has worked in a wide variety of areas in the legal field. During law school he worked as an extern with the First District Court in Logan, and later as an extern with the Utah Court of Appeals in the chambers of Judge Carolyn McHugh. After graduation, he was awarded a Dean’s Fellowship to work with Christensen & Jensen, PC in Salt Lake City. He then spent 18 months working as a law clerk for the City Attorney in Park City. He joined Burton Law Firm after operating as a sole practitioner for two years. During this time, he also served on the board of the Utah Young Lawyers Division of the Utah State Bar.

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