Referrals, screening, and placement take time. U@E is not appropriate for “emergency” legal services. After the veteran is 1) referred, 2) the Vet Intake form, Veteran Acknowledgement form, and DD214 are submitted, and 3) the veteran is determined to be eligible, many weeks pass, typically, before a veteran is represented, if at all.
Once a veteran has been on the “Ready List” for 90 days without being accepted by a U@E Attorney, the veteran is removed from U@E and is advised to hire counsel. Some cases are never accepted because the legal issue is not practiced by any of the volunteer attorneys. Sometimes the legal issue will take more hours than the volunteer is willing to give.
If the veteran’s legal issue is an emergency, consider hiring counsel directly or by visiting www.licensedlawyer.org
Visit attorneygeneral.utah.gov/utah-at-ease/ for details.
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