The Utah Online Court Assistance Program (OCAP) is the official State of Utah website for assistance in preparing court documents if you are not able to have an attorney draft them for you. You may use this program for free. If you file OCAP documents on a case requiring a filing fee, a $20.00 document preparation fee will be added to the court filing fees. This program is a service of the Utah Courts and State Legislature. The types of cases available using OCAP are: domestic cases, enforcing domestic orders, guardian and conservatorship, garnishment, protective/stalking orders, landlords and tenants, and small claims.
Small Claims Mediation
This clinic provides in-court mediation services for individuals involved in small claims disputes. It is a subset of the BYU Law Mediation Clinic. Call for more information.
BYU Law Mediation Clinic
BYU Law School
801-369-0320 (Professor LeeAnn Glade)
This clinic deals primarily with general conflict resolution, but it also handles small claims and other issues. The Small Claims Mediation is a subset of this clinic. They accept all requests, except the occasional few that are too complex. Call Professor LeeAnn Glade, and she will give your name and phone number to a student who will then contact you to set up a time. The mediations usually take place at BYU Law School. For claims that have already been filed, the clinic also handles mediations in most courts in Utah County, Wasatch County, and a couple of courts in Salt Lake County.
801-297-7049 (Generally, someone is available from 8:00am–5:00pm to answer any questions over the phone about how the program works.)
This program helps people in Utah with modest earnings find a lawyer offering discounted rates to match their incomes. To qualify, your income must be between 125%–300% of the federal poverty line (which is listed at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines). Persons who qualify will be referred to a lawyer who charges up to $75 an hour or a corresponding flat fee. Hourly or flat-fee services often require advance payment (a retainer). Areas of legal help are limited to the following issues: adoption and guardianship (including minors and protected persons who are adults), appeals, bankruptcy, consumer law, criminal law, criminal law (in juvenile court), expungements, family law (divorce, protective order, etc.), foreclosures, landlord-tenant, mechanics lien, real property, small claims, traffic violations, wills, trusts, estates, or probate. To see if you qualify, go to the website and complete the interactive intake application. Once you have completed the web form, the website will immediately notify you as to whether or not you qualify for the program. If you qualify, you will be directed to a webpage that prompts you to provide credit card information. This information is needed in order to provide a $25 non-refundable deposit to cover the first 30 minutes of your case consultation with an attorney. After you have submitted your information and paid your deposit, the Modest Means Program will email you two referrals to attorneys in your area who may be able to help with your case. If for some reason neither referral works out (for example, you do not like them, or they are unable to take your case for whatever reason), you can reply to the email from Modest Means Program, and they will send you additional referrals.