Traditional attorney representation involves hiring an attorney to take over your entire legal case and zealously advocate for your position. This can mean that your attorney spends time (and bills you) for issues you may not think are a priority.
A less traditional approach is called “unbundling” or “limited scope” legal service.
Unbundling means that you hire an attorney to handle certain aspects of your legal matter. For example, you might choose to write up your own settlement agreement then have your attorney review it and give you legal advice. Limited scope service is helpful for people who have less complex legal matters, need or want to save money on attorney fees, or want the legal assistance that a paralegal cannot provide.
Certain areas of law are more suitable for limited scope services; these include family law, landlord-tenant issues, expungements, and certain consumer issues. If you need help writing declarations, completing court forms, communicating with the opposing party, or drafting a parenting plan, we will work out a limited scope package that works for your case and charge a fixed fee based on the work involved.
FLAT (FIXED) FEES
Instead of charging by the hour as most attorneys do, Shoreline Legal Group charges a fixed fee for specific legal work. With this method of payment, you know the exact amount you are being charged and the specific work it covers.
Flat or fixed fees offer a welcome transparency for clients. The lawyer establishes a fixed rate based on the amount of work, complexity, and experience necessary for the matter; the risk is the lawyer’s rather than the client’s. With limited scope services offered, you are able to decide at the outset what you can or cannot afford.
Hiring an attorney to represent you throughout the entire divorce process can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars. Many people cannot afford to hire a lawyer and choose to represent themselves in court.
Non-lawyers face a complex justice system. And since there are generally no “do-overs,” it is crucial that self-represented litigants get as much professional help as possible. Courts offer many resources including self-help clinics, explanatory packets and checklists online. However, these resources are often confusing to the average person. Hiring a limited scope attorney can help the self-represented litigant at an affordable rate.
Shoreline Legal Group provides the assistance you need if you are representing yourself in your legal matter. We offer discrete legal services at an affordable, flat rate to enable you to successfully maneuver your family law cases. Contact us to see how we can help you.