Limited Scope Services
Limited-scope representation or "unbundling legal services" is when you and a lawyer agree that the lawyer will handle some parts of your case and you will handle others. This is different from more traditional arrangements between lawyers and clients where a lawyer is hired to provide legal services on all aspects of a case, from start to finish. Unbundling has proven to be cost-effective for the client, valuable in improving access to justice and resolving legal conflict.
It's important for you to have a good understanding of what limited scope services are before electing this option for your case. Limited scope representation is:
Quality practice of law — You owe your clients the same duties that you would for any full-service client and that includes competence, confidentially and loyalty,
An attorney-client relationship — The standard of care for limited scope is exactly the same for a particular task as it is for the standard of care for full service.
Limited-scope representation may include drafting documents, offering procedural advice, scripting questions, doing research, assembling documents, figuring out what evidence a client needs and how to get it, coaching clients on how to attend a hearing on your own. At the opposite end of the continuum, limited-scope representation may also include your advocate at Community Law and Mediation Services attending specific hearing or some other more formal court proceeding.
Whatever scope you choose, Community Law & Mediation Services of Northern California is committed to helping you select with confidence and understanding.