The lawyer performs only the legal tasks he or she was retained to complete. You remain responsible for all other aspects of your family law matter. For example, if you retain a lawyer to provide drafting services, you remain responsible for all correspondences between you and the opposing party or their counsel, service and filing of documents, negotiations, court appearances, to name a few.... MORE »
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Limited Scope Retainers: How do I decide which types of legal services I need help with for my family law matter?
First, you need to figure out what your case may entail. You may want to consult with a family law lawyer to get a sense of what a typical family law case involves. Second, you need to figure out what you can or cannot do on your own. To determine what you can or cannot handle on your own, you should assess your strengths and weaknesses. Once these determinations are made, you will be in a position to make an informed decision about which parts of your case you need... MORE »
Common legal services offered under a limited scope retainer include the following:
- Legal opinions – a general legal opinion concerning your family law matter and/or ongoing consultations;
- Drafting services – drafting of the written materials for your case (e.g., demand letters, pleadings, written submissions);
- Coaching services – preparing you for mediation, conferences and/or trial;
- Litigation services – advocating on your behalf as your lawyer of record at limited court appearances; or
- Legal Research – researching the law as it relates to moving your matter forward before a court.
A limited scope retainer is a contract for unbundled legal services. It spells out the specific legal services for which the client is retaining a lawyer to complete. The lawyer may charge the client on a block fee or hourly basis. The retainer agreement is tailored to meet the legal needs of each client and is typically completed over a short period of time. Once all tasks in the retainer are completed, the client is required to enter into a new limited scope retainer for further work on the file.... MORE »
Unbundled legal services are legal services provided by a lawyer on an as-needed basis. Traditionally, a lawyer is retained to provide full legal representation from start to finish. Unbundled legal service is an alternative to the traditional model.
Rather than retaining a lawyer to provide full legal representation with their entire case, a client retains a lawyer to complete only certain parts of their case. The client remains responsible for all other parts, and the lawyer’s involvement ends when the retainer is satisfied, even if the client’s case is not finished.... MORE »