Limited Scope Representation

Limited Scope Representation is just as the name says, it allows for you or your entity to retain an attorney to handle only the specific areas of your situation that you deem you can’t handle yourself and/or those aspects of your situation or case that truly require expert legal assistance.

Rather than being retained to handle your entire case in the traditional manner, you may retain my services for the limited purpose(s) of your choice.  For example, you may want assistance with strategy, document preparation, writing, or coaching for custody mediation, while you handle all the other matters of your case yourself.  In this sense, as your limited scope attorney, I become more of a partner, and the extent of the partnership is largely determined by your ability to perform and your desire to share responsibility and of course, save money.

Saving money is, of course, the key benefit of limited scope representation.  You can manage your litigation budget by doing parts of the case yourself and retaining legal services for tasks that you do not think you can effectively do yourself.  Moreover, in many instances these interactions and services can be obtained over the internet and without geographic boundaries.

Within this realm of ‘Limited Scope Representation,’  we can agree on what specified legal services my office provides, rather than us handling all aspects of the situation or case.  For example,  in a divorce case,  we might agree that the legal services provided will only encompass the production of necessary legal documents, or to act only as a consultant, leaving you , the client responsible for all other aspects of the case.

Limited Scope Representation is now a resource available to those who wish to represent themselves,  pro se, but who wisely choose to avail themselves of the services of an attorney to perform many of the tasks requiring legal acumen.  More simply stated, Limited Scope Representation is the division of tasks between an attorney and the client based on an agreement between the two.

In this regard, we can discuss the legal ramifications or remedies and devise strategies and develop a course of action.  Once that plan is determined, the client and the attorney divide the tasks and duties and enter into an agreement detailing the duties and who is responsible for each task.

As a Limited Scope Services Attorney, I  can prepare you, a  self-represented litigant, for trial through coaching, including the writing of deposition and cross-examination questions or preparing you to testify and be cross examined.

My associates and I can also assist with the preparation of exhibits and any number of document-related tasks, should you choose to pay for those particular tasks.

Here are some examples of limited-scope services:

  • Negotiating on your behalf with opposing parties or their counsel
  • Drafting/Writing Contracts and Agreements or other Legal Instruments
  • Document Review/Modification
  • Legal Research, Guidance and Opinion
  • Advisement on Court Procedures and Strategy Development
  • Providing Case Pleadings, Motions, Legal Briefs and Proposed Orders
  • Organizing and Preparing Discovery Materials and Instruments
  • Preparing and Producing Trial Exhibits

When you cannot afford to pay for an attorney to handle your entire case, limited-scope representation can be a great way for you to have legal help with your case while keeping costs down.  Courts approve of limited-scope representation because they want to encourage people to get as much legal assistance as they need to protect their rights. They know that you will do a better job of following proper court procedures and presenting the important information to them if you have the help of an attorney during the more complicated parts of a case.

In making decisions about these issues, remember that attorneys have the education and experience to work on the more technical parts of your case, guide you throughout the court process, and spot important legal issues that you may not see on your own.

If you choose to retain my services as your limited-scope attorney, we will be working as a team, but, in the end, it is your case, your decision and your responsibility. You have the right to disregard my advice, but if the case does not turn out the way you hoped, you have to be willing to accept the responsibility for your decision.

Some legal areas where you may choose to retain my services on a limited scope basis:

  • Insurance Disputes
  • Construction Issues and Claims
  • Real Estate Transactions or Situations
  • Contract Drafting, Revision and/or Review
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Divorce and Child Custody
  • Mediation Advisement