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What is a limited scope retainer?

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 »

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What are unbundled legal services?

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.

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How can judges use text messages in court?

In some cases, judges are able to use text messages as evidence in family law proceedings. Here are some commonly used ways that judges will consider text messages:

  • To determine the nature of the parents relationship
  • To determine the type of relationship between a parents and a child
  • To determine how much credibility to assign to one spouse or another
  • To determine the views of a parent on a variety of issues
  • As evidence of anything discussed in the text message
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Can I log on to my spouse’s email to find evidence?

It may be tempting to use your spouse’s emails against them, but it is not advisable. This is especially important if you and your spouse are going through legal action such as a separation or divorce. Your spouse may have communications with their lawyer through email, and to read them would be to violate solicitor-client privilege. The court does not look kindly on those who violate their spouse’s privacy in order to further their own claims in litigation, and may even order costs against you for misconduct.

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My partner says they are going to use our text messages as evidence, but I do not consent to this. Can the text messages still be used as evidence?

Text messages are often used in family court, and can be used as evidence towards custody and access. However, where the text messages have been used without permission, judges have split on whether or not they should be admissible. A judge’s analysis of admissibility generally turns on “probative value vs. prejudicial effect.” In other words, judges will determine if the usefulness of this evidence will outweigh the harm it may cause one of the parties. “Usefulness” is associated with the best interests of the child.

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