In recent years, a growing number of clients have sought “alternative fee arrangements” in lieu of the traditional billable hour when they require the services of an attorney.
In Maryland, approximately 70% of family law litigants are pro se or self-represented with most either unable or unwilling to pay for full legal representation. Full legal representation involves hiring an attorney for representation for all aspects of a case. Usually, in full legal representation, the attorney requests that the client provide an upfront retainer to begin representation and will draw off the retainer as work is performed in a case.
Limited scope representation, or “unbundling” is an alternative to full legal representation. Unbundling legal services allows for clients to tailor the legal representation to their needs, and is often a more affordable option to the client. A review of each case would determine whether “unbundled” legal representation is appropriate. Limiting an attorney’s services does not mean that a client receives a reduction in quality, just a limit on the services a lawyer may provide.
Examples of limited scope representation could include the following:
- assisting a client in preparing documents for filing, including editing and reviewing documents prior to the client filing documents, serving parties and preparing for litigation;
- assisting a client by drafting pleadings, motions, and other documents for the court;
- providing client coaching in preparing for trial including organizing a trial binder to know appropriate questions to ask and how to present evidence in court; or
- entering a limited appearance at a hearing or trial on behalf of the client, and representing the client for a hearing on a specific issue.
Our Maryland unbundled attorney, offers both full legal representation and limited scope representation to individuals seeking divorce, guardianship, custody, visitation and support. Contact us today, (410) 415-9333, to set an appointment to discuss how we can be of assistance.
Source: Maryland State Bar Association
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