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In the three previous articles we discussed ways you can derail your attorney on your case. In this article we will do an overview of the three articles and summarize the areas that have proven to be detrimental to your case and can quickly derail your attorney.


1. Misrepresentation

It’s important to give your attorney all the information surrounding your case so they can represent you to the best of their ability and help you reach the goals you’ve set for your case.

2. Not Communicating

Your attorney simply isn’t a mind reader, so make sure you are keeping the lines of communication open and maintaining an active role in your case.

3. Delaying

Delaying your case is rarely beneficial. If your attorney requests any information, get it to them in a timely manner. Don’t intentionally stall your attorney.

4. Outside Involvement

Inviting every person you know to be a part of your case can give your attorney too many conflicting opinions, making it difficult to determine the direction you would like to go on your case.

5. Unrealistic Expectations

While your attorney is there to fight for you, they can’t foresee the future. When your attorney prepares you for potential outcomes or makes recommendations, listen.

6. Not Paying For Services

Pushing your attorney’s patience financially can put a strain on your relationship. The firm you are working with is a business, and as such, it’s only fair that they are paid for their services.

7. Be A Know-it-all

Although it’s your case and your knowledge relating to it is crucial to success, a big mistake is to think you know it all and that you don’t have to listen to your attorney, who you pay for advice. Do yourself a favor and heed what your attorney says. Remember your attorney is a trained and experienced professional.

8. Misinterpreting Your Role

Reach out to your attorney if you don’t understand something or feel you need a status on your case. Understand that your attorney relies on support staff to assist them on your case.

“Derailing your attorney may
not only cost you additional time and money,
but may also have lasting consequences.”

At Burton Law Firm, we care about your family. We want to help you and your family reach the best resolution possible. Contact us today to set up a consultation to discuss your case with one of our driven attorneys.

Read part 1 of “How to Derail Your Attorney”
Read part 2 of “How to Derail Your Attorney”
Read part 3 of “How to Derail Your Attorney”


Ken is the founder of Burton Attorneys at Law and finds the challenge of practicing law extremely rewarding. Although Ken has a broad assortment of experience ranging from bankruptcy to civil litigation to criminal law, Ken’s practice is tailored almost exclusively to the area of family law.

He chose to practice in the family law arena because of the positive and direct impact for good he saw in the lives of his clients.

Having twice been named one of Utah’s Legal Elite by Utah Business Magazine, Ken has a solid reputation as an effective advocate for his clients. He is actively involved in local and state bar associations, serves on various boards of directors and with volunteer organizations, and as a mentor for newly admitted attorneys.

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