Anne Howard offers Limited Scope Representation or unbundling. Individuals get legal services on a "piecemeal"basis. Our office helps you with part of your case while you do the rest on your own. Check the flowchart on this website to get a picture of how Limited Scope works. The following are some examples:
1. Consult with an attorney who prepares or reviews your paperwork but does not attend your hearing. You appear by yourself at the hearing.
2. Be your own attorney through your whole case and consult with an attorney who helps you with the law, procedures and strategy.
3. You can do all your own paperwork and an attorney appears in court on your behalf.
4. Do your own discovery or investigation and an attorney puts the information in a format that is useful to the court.
5. Do your own paperwork and an attorney appears at your settlement conference to try to negotiate a settlement so that you do not have to go to trial.
6. Work out your own settlement and an attorney does all the paperwork so that your judgment is approved by the court.
You decide what you want to handle by yourself. Discuss ALL parts of the case with the attorney and agree who will do what part of the case.
Keep your attorney informed about what is going on in your case even if you are handling that part by yourself. Sometimes new issues come up that can affect your case. You should know what the impact will be.
For Limited Scope Representation to work, you and your attorney must work as a team with good ongoing communication and a clear understanding of what tasks you are going to do and what your attorney is going to do.
If you discover that you really cannot handle your own case, your attorney can usually change from Limited Scope to Full Representation.
Bottom line, having some legal help is better than none.