Unbundled Legal Services

Unbundled Legal Services is an arrangement whereby a client hires an attorney to handle part of a case, such as drafting a motion, reviewing an agreement or attending one specific hearing, rather than handling the entire matter.  The client accepts responsibility for doing the footwork for the remainder of the case until reaching the desired resolution.

Unbundling is also referred to as limited-scope services, a la carte legal services, discrete task representation, or disaggregated legal services.  Specific services to be performed by the attorney are listed in a written agreement that also spells out the fees for each task.  By limiting the attorney’s involvement to only certain activities, the client is able to save money over traditional representation and retain more control over his/her case.

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Frequently unbundled or limited scope legal services include:

  • Advising on court procedures and courtroom behavior
  • Coaching on strategy or role playing
  • Conducting legal research
  • Document review
  • Drafting contracts and agreements
  • Drafting pleadings, briefs, declarations, or orders
  • Ghostwriting
  • Making limited appearances
  • Negotiating
  • Online dispute resolution
  • Organizing discovery materials
  • Preparing exhibits
  • Providing legal guidance or opinions

Some legal matters are not appropriate for unbundled legal services, especially in cases involving certain criminal matters or complex litigation.  Attorneys will decide on a case-by-case basis whether to unbundle services or not.

Not every attorney offers unbundled services.  Save valuable time by calling the NH Lawyer Referral Service, and get connected with competent and insured attorneys who provide unbundled legal services for a variety of case types.  Call (603) 229-0002 or request a referral online.



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