Unbundled Legal Services FAQ

Unbundled or limited legal services means that you hire a lawyer to do specific tasks. Generally, these do not include going to court. Some of the legal tasks that could be involved in unbundled legal services are:

  • review decision-making options
  • provide legal advice
  • do legal research
  • draft documents
  • draft agreements
  • negotiate a settlement
  • write letter
  • review mediated agreement
  • review correspondence and court documents
  • coach client while client represents himself or herself
  • back-up and trouble-shooting during litigation
  • provide guidance and procedural information for filing court documents
  • evaluate settlement options
  • represent client at a single court hearing

It is "à la carte" legal services. By contrast, in "traditional representation," you hire a lawyer to do whatever legal services he/she thinks are appropriate for your situation.

Unbundled Legal Services FAQ

1. What is the difference between unbundled legal services and traditional legal services?

2. Why would a client seek unbundled legal services?

3. What is "limited representation?"

4. How do I know what legal services I need?


1. What is the difference between unbundled legal services and traditional legal services?
A. Using unbundled legal services, the lawyer and client agree what specific legal services the lawyer will provide. It is buying legal services "à la carte" depending on need. The specific services are listed in a written agreement that also describes the fees to be paid.
With traditional service, the lawyer provides comprehensive services to deal with the client's problem.
2. Why would a client seek unbundled legal services?
  • Lower fees
  • More control over the case
The retainer or deposit for unbundled legal services is much less than for traditional representation. The total fees are less, as the lawyer is not required to spend time on legal work that is not essential to the case.
3. What is "limited representation?"
"Limited representation" is unbundled services for a court hearing. That is, under a "limited representation," the lawyer agrees to go to represent a client for a single court hearing. In traditional representation for litigation, the lawyer is hired to handle all court hearings (and all court paperwork) for the cases.
4. How do I know what legal services I need?
Your lawyer can advise you, based on the situation and your goals. What you need may be a single letter to your former spouse or it may the complex functions required in collaborative practice.

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