The Utah State Bar Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) is designed
to help clients resolve conflicts they have with their attorneys.
Conflicts that do not rise to the level of an ethical complaint
may be addressed by the CAP Attorney.
The goals of the Consumer Assistance Program are as follows:
consumers with a remedy for the resolution of minor issues that
arise between them and their attorneys;
- Improve consumer satisfaction
with attorneys by striving to resolve minor issues quickly and
- Save time and effort of attorneys
responding to minor issues; and
- Provide assistance to attorneys having difficulty with
Resolve Conflicts with Your Attorney
Obtain a Consumer Assistance Program Request for Assistance Form.
Additionally, consumers may leave their name
and address with the Utah State Bar receptionist at 801-531-9077,
and a Request for Assistance Form will be mailed to them.
Consumers should submit the completed and signed form to the following
Utah State Bar
645 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
The Resolution Process:
All Requests for Assistance forms received by the Utah State Bar
are initially screened by the Office of Professional Conduct.
Matters which do not rise to the level of an ethical complaint
may be forwarded to the Consumer Assistance Program (CAP). The
CAP Attorney then reviews the Request for Assistance form and
contacts the consumer to fully discuss the issues presented.
The CAP Attorney often communicates with the attorney by letter,
explains the consumer’s concerns, and requests that the
attorney contact the consumer to resolve the issue or problem.
After the matter is resolved between the attorney and consumer,
then the CAP file is closed and the contents are destroyed.
Consumer Assistance Program Mission Statement
The Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) is unique among the Utah
State Bar programs in that it provides fairly quick and non-invasive
assistance to both consumers and attorneys involved in minor
conflict with each other. The CAP attorney, in a professional
and courteous manner, provides the often necessary communication
link between consumers and their counsel as consumers strive
to understand the law, as it applies to their individual situations,
and the procedural rules of the court, and as attorneys strive
to educate their clients about the law and legal procedure.