Unbundling in the 21st Century: Growing Your Practice with Limited Scope Representation
September 18, 2012
Not your grandfather’s law practice: The practice of law is changing, and smart practitioners are riding the wave by expanding into limited scope representation. With limited scope, a lawyer performs some, but not all, of the tasks traditionally associated with full service representation. Sometimes this involves coaching the client to self-represent on simpler tasks, while performing the more technical (and professionally satisfying) parts of a legal matter.
Limited scope is well suited to a variety of services, from drafting and document assistance, ghostwriting, to limited court appearances. Over 40 states now have rules promoting limited scope, and now is the time to consider adding limited scope to the menu of services you offer your clients. However, practitioners must also be aware of the ethical issues that are involved with limited scope representation. Specifically, Model Rule 1.2, its variations throughout the states, and amended versions of Model Rule 4.2 that several states are implementing.
Client demand is driving the engine: Increased interest in self-representation, coupled with demand for more cost-effective legal delivery models, have come together at a time of great technological innovation to create a perfect opportunity for practitioners to effectively, ethically, and profitably, expand their client base.
Wide range of applications: Limited scope lends itself to a wide range of applications, from family law (where it started), to employment law, consumer issues, insurance coverage, small business assistance, and special needs advocacy, to name but a few.
As Model Rule 1.2(c) tells us, a practitioner is able to limit the scope of the representation, but the limitation must be reasonable and the client must give informed consent. This program will give you everything you need to ethically incorporate limited scope into your practice while remaining within the guidelines of the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility.
American Bar Association
321 N. Clark
Chicago, Illinois 60654
United States of America
Contact: Brandon Wilhelm