In my last post, I introduced the concept of limited-scope representation: the practice of using an attorney to perform certain legal tasks while handling others yourself. One big advantage of this type of representation is that it allows you to tap into legal expertise at a lower cost than in a more traditional attorney-client relationship.
It is important, however, to realize that limited-scope representation is not for everyone or every case. By its nature, limited-scope representation requires that you be willing and able to handle parts of your case yourself. People who are likely to do well with such representation are those who are organized, detail-oriented, comfortable and confident in handling tasks on their own, and able to dial back their emotional responses and address issues in an analytical manner. Cases that lend themselves to limited-scope arrangements are those involving relatively few assets, those with limited issues, or those where the parties are generally in agreement regarding most matters. Cases in which limited-scope representation is not advised include those with complicated issues, those involving divisions of pensions or valuations of businesses, or those with high conflict between the parties.
It is probably no surprise that legal matters can be stressful; if you utilize limited-scope representation, you should regularly assess your state-of-mind and be ready to ask for more assistance if needed. Sometimes people express an interest in limited-scope representation, but are worried that they will be overwhelmed. This is a legitimate concern, but you should keep in mind that you can expand the scope of representation – or even change to traditional “full” representation – by mutual agreement with your attorney if you later decide that you need more help.
For more information on limited-scope representation, or to discuss your legal options, contact Kruse Family Law at 612-231-9865 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.