When you are looking for a family law attorney in Texas, you may hear the word “unbundled services” during a consultation. What exactly do unbundled legal services look like? That is a common question that we get in our office. We always want our clients to be well informed on the legal process and also their options in hiring an attorney. Let’s look at what unbundled legal services consist of.
Unbundled Legal Services Defined
“Unbundled legal services” simply means that a firm breaks down the specific legal needs into individual components. This can save the client money by being able to pick and choose the specific areas they need assistance in while they handle the other portions. If you decide to hire a family law attorney on an unbundled basis, you will need to speak to the lawyer about which portions of your case you are expected to handle, and which you need the attorney’s help for. In order for these roles to be clearly defined, you will be asked to sign a limited scope agreement. The agreement lays out precisely which services you are hiring the attorney for.
Benefits of Unbundled Legal Services
There are many positives about hiring a Texas family law attorney who offers unbundled legal services. Some clients don’t necessarily want full representation and just need assistance with a portion of their case. This saves the attorney time to spend on other cases and saves the client money by receiving help just where and when they need it.
If you are unsure of what your unbundled legal services include, look to your limited scope agreement or ask your attorney to specify. It is important that both you and your attorney are well aware of what you are responsible for in your case. If you find that you need additional assistance, you can communicate this to your attorney and you can sign a new agreement including the additional services.