Today's post is about a topic near and dear to my heart. The availability of legal services to the under-served and underrepresented. I am of the mind that everyone should have access to legal representation, but sadly i often hear that many people simply cannot afford it.
With that being said, I know of a few options for people who just need help. For one, when it comes to divorce, child custody, or other family law/domestic relations issues, I often recommend unbundled legal services as an option. I offer it in my legal practice because I its a great way for clients to get the legal benefit of an attorney, with the financial savings of being a pro-se self represented litigant.
Often time, unbundled services is referred to as limited scope services or limited representation. An attorney can represent you on one issue with your case, provide you with coaching on your case, complete and file paperwork on your behalf, or just show up in court if you don't feel confident. They can help with marital settlement agreement or even parental agreements. However, the important part to note is the attorney providing these services wouldn't be comprehensively taking up the full responsibilities of your case. If you retain an attorney to help you calculate your child support obligation only, that attorney is not bound or in any way required to help you with any other portion of your divorce, or even to help you determine what visitation with your child should look like.
Services for unbundled representation can range anywhere from 250-1000+ but usually its a flat fee services, and it is customizable to client needs....which is a whole lot better than not responding to a lawsuit or case because you weren't sure how to or when to.
I hope this helps, and as always, feel free to reach out to me for your legal needs!