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Full Representation Attorneys - Full Representation Lawyers, Traditional Legal Representation California

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Full representation is the traditional attorney-client representation whereby the attorney takes responsibility to move the case forward for all issues for his/her client (full service client). With full representation the attorney has total control over your case and accepts certain legal responsibilities and liabilities that go along with it.

Cost of Full Representation
Full representation is the most expensive form of representation. An attorney-client retainer agreement is executed between the attorney and client, which details the attorneys fees for his/her services and other legal costs. Typically a large up front fee is required (called a retainer fee) to retain the services of the attorney. The attorney then bills an hourly rate against the retainer for every task or service he/she performs in addition to any other costs spelled out in the retainer agreement (i.e. driving, court fees, photo copies, faxes, phone calls, e-mails, etc.). Once the retainer is used up, the client will be responsible for paying all fees incurred at the hourly rate and all costs specified in the retainer agreement. Billing statements are typically issued once a month to the client detailing work performed by the attorney and all costs incurred during that month.

Benefits of Full Representation
Although full representation can be costly, it does have its benefits. Because the attorney for the most part has total control of your case, he/she will take on much of the responsibilities and hefty liabilities that can go along with it. The full service client's time and energy is then freed up because they have given total control of their case to the attorney, fully relying on the attorneys expertise to navigate through every aspect of the family court system.

Drawbacks of Full Representation
The biggest drawback of full representation is its cost. For the majority of consumers, full representation is simply too expensive and has priced out most family law litigants. In fact, according to statistics provided by the California Judicial Council, only 20 percent to 30 percent of family law litigants are represented by an attorney. Therefore, 70 percent to 80 percent of family law litigants in California are In Pro Per or unrepresented. Additionally, one of the biggest complaints of clients that arises with full representation are disputes about the bill. Because full service clients are charged for every task or service performed by an attorney (i.e. copies, faxes, review, draft, phone calls, read e-mails, etc.) the attorney fees and costs can quickly add up and catch the client by surprise.

What are some Alternatives to Full Representation?
In California, there are alternatives available for the 70 percent to 80 percent of family law litigants who simply cannot afford full representation, but would still like the assistance of an attorney. Limited Scope Representation or "Unbundling" is one lower cost alternative (typically a flat-fee model). For consumers seeking help with filling out legal forms and document preparation only, you may want to explore the help of a document preparation service (typically a flat-fee model). However, most document preparation service providers are not attorneys. This is one of the biggest drawbacks of non-attorney document preparation services because they cannot provide you with legal advice. For legal advice you will need to speak with a lawyer.

Featured California Full Representation Attorneys
Miranda Family Law   Anaheim, CA
Limited Scope, Full Representation and sliding scale hourly rates. (714) 820-4515
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