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It’s said that attorneys are like dentists, most people only see them if they have a problem. At what point do you need to retain an attorney? Is your issue a constant distraction and taking away from your peace of mind?

While the decision to retain an attorney is ultimately up to you, here are some important questions to ask yourself when deciding if it’s time to obtain counsel.

  • Have you been served?
  • Are there any deadlines on your case? If so, when?
  • What type of case do you have?
  • How long has the issue been happening?
  • Do you have evidence to back up your concerns?

If you have been served, it’s wise to make an appointment right away to make sure you understand what you’ve been served with, and what is required of you. While it may seem like you have plenty of time to make an appointment if your deadline isn’t for a couple weeks, here are some important things to consider:

  • Most attorneys don’t schedule appointments the day of, so if they are busy, you may be required to wait for a few days to get in.
  • You’ll need time to go through the documents you were served with and document your responses so your attorney can prepare them.
  • Your attorney has other clients and deadlines, so by waiting until the day before your deadline, you run the risk of the attorney not being able to take your case.
  • If you miss a deadline, it’s often more expensive and may also take more time to get a default set aside or changed.

While your attorney can request an extension, this is a courtesy and you should never assume it will be granted. In short, we suggest seeing an attorney sooner rather than later.
Many of our clients are relieved to have an advocate overseeing their case. An attorney will look out for your best interests and can provide peace of mind. Contact Burton Law today to set up an appointment with one of our experienced attorneys.


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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