A La Carte Legal Services
(This is often referred to as “unbundling” or “limited scope representation.”)
Lots of people get upset by cable company charging them for a large bundle of channels when they would rather pay for just the channels they watch. A similar problem exists with lawyers.
Lawyers will often only represent a client for a large bundle of legal services, rather than agreeing to work on discrete tasks. However, many clients can’t afford to pay to have a lawyer take on a large matter, and would rather pay a lawyer just for the services they need the most, while taking care of other parts of their case by themselves. For example, a couple going through an uncontested divorce might want an attorney to draft a custody agreement, but be content to draft a division of property on their own using self-help forms.
Unbundling legal services can save clients money by allowing them only to pay a lawyer for the services they need. At the same time, lawyers who provide unbundled services can gain clients who would not have been able to afford them for full representation, but can afford to pay for partial representation.
Unfortunately, many states have lawyer ethics rules that make it difficult for lawyers to provide unbundled services. Responsive Law has fought for clearer rules around unbundling so that more lawyers can provide this cost-saving service to their clients.
For more information, please refer to the following links:
American Bar Association's resolution in support of unbundled legal services
Click to read our testimony on this issue
Click to read our blog posts on this issue