What are "unbundled legal services" or "limited legal
"Unbundled" legal services, also known as "limited legal services" or
"discrete task representation," is providing to the client just the legal
services they want for a fixed price. and no more. The firm enter into a
Limited Services Retainer Agreement that specifies the
scope of representation, and usually for a fixed price.
limited legal services are:
- legal forms bundled with legal advice for a fixed price;
- legal advice purchased by the question or by the session;
- legal review and analysis of a single document;
- court coaching services, where your attorney assists you in
representing yourself in court, but doesn't make an appearance on your
Online limited legal services are legal services that are delivered via
the Internet, rather than within the law firm's physical office. This
results in additional savings and efficiencies for clients who prefer to
deal with their lawyers via the Internet.
The concept of offering
"limited legal services" has been around for at least two decades as
alternative way of delivering legal services within the office setting. When
this idea is migrated to delivery of legal services on the Web it becomes
powerful, because the reach of the law firm is extended and because you can
systemize the entire process enabling the firm to offer limited legal
services for a fixed fee. without sacrificing law firm profit margins.
The majority of states have now modified there professional rules that
enable law firms to deliver "limited legal services" either on-line or
Additional Resource on the "Limited Legal Service" Concept
This web site, hosted by the Maryland Legal
Assistance Network, originated with the convening of a national conference on
“The Changing Face of Legal Practice: A National Conference on ‘Unbundled’ Legal
Services” in October 2000. The site contains the
documents and recommendations from the conference as well as a bibliography,
ethics opinions, profiles of local programs, and updates on activity at the
national and state level.
This web site, hosted by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on
the Delivery of Legal Services, includes a bibliography of articles, books, case
law, ethics opinions, and court rules related to unbundled legal services.
This web site, hosted by family lawyer and mediator Forrest (Woody) Mosten,
includes links to resources for lawyers and clients interested in the unbundled
model of service delivery.
Articles on Limited Legal Services
(Many of these articles are older articles and focus on the delivery of
limited legal services off-line, not on-line, but are useful unbderstanding the
Improving the Delivery of Affordable Legal Services Through the Internet: A
Blueprint for the Shift to a Digital Paradigm, ABA Standing Committee on
the Delivery of Legal Services (Nov. 1999).
Law a la Carte: The Case for Unbundling Legal Services,
Books on Limited Scope Representation - "Unbundled Legal Services"
Limited Scope Legal Services: Unbundling and the Self-Help Client,
American Bar Association, Law Practice Division, (2012).
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