Unbundled legal services are becoming increasingly popular, but by the name, it may not be clear exactly what those are. “Unbundling”, also called limited scope representation, means the attorney’s involvement in your case is limited to certain predefined tasks. It is your responsibility to complete the other required tasks throughout your case.
In other words, you only buy what you need.
Unbundled services are often less expensive than full representation and can be a good alternative if you either don’t have the funds to retain counsel at his normal rate or want to do some of the work on your own but don’t want to be without some legal support. Most attorneys also offer unbundled services at a flat rate, so you’ll know exactly what the cost will be upfront.
Some of the most common unbundled services attorneys provide include:
- Advising you on court procedures and courtroom behavior
- Coaching you on strategy or role-playing
- Conducting legal research
- Drafting contracts and agreements
- Drafting pleadings, briefs, declarations, or orders
- Making limited appearances
- Organizing discovery materials
- Preparing exhibits
- Providing legal guidance
- Reviewing documents
If you decide to work with an attorney in a limited scope capacity, it’s important both you and the attorney know each of your responsibilities. Put in writing what tasks the attorney will and will not complete, so both of you are on the same page.
It’s important to also note that unbundling is not appropriate for all legal matters. Be sure to talk with an attorney who offers unbundled services to find out what’s best for you and your case.
If you’re interested in getting unbundled legal help in Colorado for family law, estate planning, or probate, schedule a free consultation today.
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Lauren Lester is an affordable family law, estate planning, and probate lawyer licensed in Colorado.