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What are "Limited" or "Unbundled Legal Services"


What are "unbundled" legal services?

"Unbundled" legal services, also known as "limited legal services" or "discrete task representation," is using your lawyer for what only a lawyer can do. You purchase the legal services or advice you need and no more. You enter into a Limited Services Retainer Agreement which specifies the scope of representation, and usually for a fixed price. Example of limited legal services are:

Online limited legal services are legal services that are delivered via the Internet, rather than within the law firm's physical office. This results in additional savings and efficiencies for clients who prefer to deal with their lawyers via the Internet.

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What is a "virtual law firm?"

A "virtual law firm" is a law firm that delivers legal services directly to clients via the Internet through a password-protected, secure Web space. Here clients may purchase legal services as needed via online credit card payment, and the attorney and client can communicate, share files and interact in a variety of ways.

The key feature of a "virtual law firm" is the use of a Web site that incorporates interactive and web-enabled programs to support interaction between lawyer and client along a number of dimensions. An attorney who simply works out of his or her home, without a physical law office, but offers legal services in the traditional way is not a "virtual law firm" by this definition. For more information on the concept of a "virtual law firm" and "elawyering," visit www.eLawyering.com.

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How does purchasing limited legal services save money on legal fees?

You save on legal fees because you do part of the work yourself, and you only purchase the lawyer's service when you really need it.

For example, instead of your attorney going with you to your "no-fault" divorce hearing - which would typically cost you for every hour of your attorney's time - your attorney prepares just your legal forms and provides you with legal advice for your particular situation. By representing yourself and doing part of the work, such as representing yourself in the actual hearing, you can save thousands of dollars in legal fees.

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What happens if my case is more complex and requires further assistance?

If your case looks like it will become contested, I  will advise you of this, and recommend that you retain a lawyer who can represent you in court.  I work with a network of Maryland and District of Columbia family lawyers who focus their practice in family law matters.

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Can I buy custom legal document drafting services?

If you need a document that requires more extensive custom drafting, I will quote you a fixed fee or hourly rate to have the document completed to your exact requirements. In most instances, all of your legal document work can be completed within the fixed fee quoted in your initial purchase.

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Is there a refund policy?

We have a consumer friendly refund policy that comes with a money-back guarantee. This is unprecedented in the legal profession. Click here for detailed information on our law firm's refund policy.

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