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Limited scope representation: With the right safeguards, possibilities abound

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A self-represented family law litigant anxiously prepares for a hearing, which can resolve months, if not years, of anxiety, and determine the litigant’s financial and family affairs in the near future. Retaining a lawyer from cradle to grave is out of budget for this litigant. What to do? Relief is around the corner – a… Read More »

Categories: 2016 September A2J, Access to Justice, Articles, Civil Litigation, Communications Errors, Family, Features, Inadequate Investigation, Limited scope retainer/unbundling

Access to justice: Limited scope representation

Increasingly, legal services are moving away from the full-service model. Outsourcing document review, e-discovery, and other discrete legal services are becoming more common-place. Small practitioners and larger firms alike can offer limited scope representation, or “unbundled” representation, which let clients pick and choose when they want to engage with a lawyer during the life of… Read More »

Categories: 2015 September Blue Sky, Access to Justice, Articles, Civil Litigation, Communications Errors, Limited scope retainer/unbundling, Practice Tips

Avoiding claims while serving clients on a budget

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In today’s difficult economic environment, it’s not unusual for lawyers to find themselves dealing with requests for representation from clients of limited means, or clients who want to keep their legal fees at a minimum. The economic issues these types of requests raise is but one consideration: Access to justice – which has become a… Read More »

Categories: 2012 August Checklists, Access to Justice, Articles, Communications Errors, Limited scope retainer/unbundling, Practice Tips

Unbundled legal services: Pitfalls to avoid

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At its September 2011 meeting, Convocation approved amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct to give guidance to lawyers who provide legal services under limited scope retainers, also called “unbundled” legal services. LawPRO is concerned that the more widespread provision of unbundled legal services in Ontario will increase malpractice claims. this article will help you… Read More »

Categories: 2012 January Employment, Articles, Communications Errors, Limited scope retainer/unbundling, Practice Tips

Unbundling and family law

The Law society of Upper Canada recently released its protocols on “unbundling” legal services. Webb v. Birkett is a cautionary tale about the dangers of unbundling in the context of collaborative family law. Marguerite Webb retained Lucille Birkett, an experienced collaborative family law (CFL) lawyer, to represent her in her divorce proceeding. The plaintiff indicated… Read More »

Categories: 2012 January Employment, Articles, Casebook, Family, Limited scope retainer/unbundling
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