FAQ on "Unbundled Legal Services
“Unbundled” legal services, also known as “limited legal services” or “discrete task representation,” means that you purchase just the legal services that you need and no more. You do some of the work yourself, but purchase legal services for the work you cannot do and no more.
Think of purchasing legal services “Ala Carte” rather than having to purchase an entire bundle of legal services in the traditional way and pay by the hour.
When you purchase a "limited legal service" from an attorney you are purchasing a course - like the appetizer" - rather than having to purchase the entire meal.
You enter into a Limited Services Retainer Agreement which specifies the scope of representation, and a fixed price. Example of limited legal services are:
- legal forms bundled with legal advice for a fixed price;
- legal advice purchased by the question or by the session;
- legal review and analysis of a single document;
- court coaching services, where your attorney assists you in representing yourself in court, but doesn’t make an appearance on your behalf.
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. All of the law firms within the JusticeXpress Lawyer Network are “virtual law firms” capable of delivering “limited legal services” over the Internet.
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.
Since all of the law firms in the JusticeXpress Network are also “virtual law firms” you save money because of the efficiency of using the Internet as a platform for the delivery of legal services.
“Unbundled” legal services is a new way of delivering legal services. All of the law firms in the JusticeXpress Network offer “unbundled” or "limited legal services" legal services online for a fixed fee..
The JusticeXpress Directory of Law Firms is the first and only law firm directory in Florida created exclusively for law firms offering “online unbundled” legal services online. All of these firms are “virtual law firms” because they have the capability of working with you via the Internet through a “secure client portal.” Because the “unbundled legal services” and “virtual law firm” concept is so new, our law firm network does not yet cover all counties in the State of Florida. However, the number of law firms in Florida embracing these concepts is growing and we plan to list them all in our Directory.
Your lawyer will advise you if this is the case, and arrange to engage with you by telephone or face-to-face, to make sure your matter is dealt with in the most appropriate manner. The attorney will provide you with a quote for any additional services provided. Sometimes your online lawyer will refer you to another law firm that will provide you traditional, full-service representation if you need it.
If you need a document that requires more extensive custom drafting, your law firm 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 by your law firm.
Rule 4-1,2 of the Florida Rules of Regulating the Florida Bar authorizes Florida's lawyers to provide limited legal services.
See complete rule here and the requirements for offering limited legal services by members of the Florida Bar.
Back in 1971, only 1% of litigants self-represented. Today, that number has grown to almost 75% of all filings in family court. Representing yourself in court can still be complicated so buying some coaching or legal advice service from an attorney can be the difference between success and failure.