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Limited Scope Representation (LSR) - Limited Scope Lawyers, Limited Scope Representation California

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Limited Scope Representation (or "unbundling") is a family law option for the In Pro Per client who cannot afford the traditional full representation attorney or who simply does not wish to spend the money on full representation. Limited scope representation allows an attorney and his/her client to have a contractual agreement that limits the scope of the attorney’s representation and limits the services the attorney will perform. There are Limited Scope forms available to help the client and attorney agree and spell out the scope of the attorney’s representation. While many states are studying Limited Scope Representation, California is one of just a handful of states that has specifically sanctioned the practice of Limited Scope Representation or “unbundling.”

Benefits of Limited Scope Representation & Limited Scope Attorneys
Limited Scope Representation provides a way for the In Pro Per or unrepresented litigant to receive assistance of a family lawyer on parts of their case. Generally, the consumer will pay a flat-fee for the partial services rendered by the attorney. With Limited Scope Representation, the consumer is able to piece out some of the work to an attorney for a flat-fee while doing some of the work themselves. This model allows the consumer to maintain more control of their case.

Is Limited Scope Representation the right choice for me?
Limited Scope Representation is designed to help the In Pro Per litigant who cannot afford full representation or who does not wish to spend the money on full representation, but would still like assistance from an attorney with the following:

• Preparing documents accurately
• Preparing the case or trial briefs better than if left on their own
• Obtaining representation for portions of their cases, such as court hearings, and
• Obtaining assistance in preparing, understanding and enforcing court orders

New California Rules for Limited Scope Representation
California Rules of Court 5.70 and 5.71 protect both the attorney and the consumer (prospective client). Under California Rule 5.70, an attorney in a family law matter can assist a party in preparing documents without disclosing his/her assistance within the text of the document (also known as “ghostwriting”). The rule does not apply to an attorney who has made a general appearance or has agreed to make an appearance on any issue that is the subject of the pleadings.

California Rule of Court 5.71 offers a procedure for withdrawing from a case in which the lawyer has appeared as attorney of record and the client has not signed a substitution of attorney form. This rule is applicable to California family law attorneys who often worry when it comes to making a family court appearance, that once he/she is involved in a family law case, he/she may have difficulty ending that involvement.

Featured California Limited Scope Representation Attorneys
Pamela Edwards-Swift   Chino Hills, CA
Providing Limited Scope Representation, collaboration and mediation. (909) 606-0101
Miranda Family Law   Anaheim, CA
Limited Scope Representation and sliding scale hourly rates. (714) 820-4515
Law Offices of Garrison Klueck   San Diego, CA
Offering Limited Scope Representation throughout San Diego County. (619) 448-6500
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