Ten Questions to Ask a Limited Representation Lawyer

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates) on 08-03-2012

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Hiring a lawyer to represent you on alimited representationbasis (a.k.a. unbundled services, a la carte legal services) is different than hiring a full representation lawyer. Foremost, it’s less expensive. Also, the attorney’s courtroom skills might be less important than his or her advisory and writing skills. No matter what, make sure a lawyer is a good fit for you and has your best interests in mind.

If you’re considering limited representation, ask these questions to determine if a particular lawyer is right for you and your situation.

1) How long have you been a lawyer and how long have you been offering unbundled services?

2) What types of cases do you handle in an unbundled manner?

3) Have you found that limited representation works for other people or clients?

4) Do you have any reservations in offering unbundled services for my case or me?

5) What should I be thinking about when I consider contracting you on an unbundled or full-service basis? Continue reading “Ten Questions to Ask a Limited Representation Lawyer” »

Is Your Case Right for Limited Scope Representation?

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates) on 12-01-2012

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Not all cases, and not all Coloradans, are a good fit for limited scope representation (a.k.a. unbundled legal services).  Before choosing between limited scope or full representation, consider your personality type and knowledge base as well as the type of case you need settled.

Can you handle the truth?

Well, not necessarily the truth—but can you handle the work? For example, how familiar with the legal process are you? Do you have the time and inclination to fill out paperwork, gather financial information and follow through?

As a limited representation client, you will need to do at least some (or the majority) of the legwork in your case, depending on what services you purchase from your attorney. Good candidates are those that have been through the legal process before (i.e. a prior divorce or custody battle), strong analytical skills, familiarity with how the law works, good follow-through skills and the time to move paperwork through the system.

If there’s an opposing party, who are you up against?

In some cases, you may use unbundled services to perform simple tasks, like writing a will or acting as an executor.  But, other times, you may have a legal “foe.” Continue reading “Is Your Case Right for Limited Scope Representation?” »