I want to make access to family law as affordable as possible. This is why I offer unbundled legal services.
Without the benefit of legal counsel you may find yourself with an unenforceable agreement, an agreement that contains egregious terms, or even at a mediation where there is a clear power imbalance between you and your spouse or you just are uncertain about what is going to happen or how to handle the negotiation. All of these problems can end up costing more money to fix down the road and/or cost you more stress and regret because you did not effectively handle the situation at the necessary time. While I certainly can appreciate spouses wanting to handle a divorce all on their own, know that you can have access to legal advice and/or limited legal services which can help you settle your case with more confidence and be comfortable knowing that what you are agreeing to you are doing with full knowledge of the law and its ramifications.
How Does Unbundling Work?
I can help you in the following ways:
1. Making sure your positions are reasonable and helping you advance your positions
2. Consulting with you during your case to review and evaluate your analysis of your own case as well as your spouse’s analysis and positions
3. strategizing how your case can best move forward and/or helping you develop a negotiation strategy
4. representing you at mediations or a settlement conference(s)
5. reviewing your settlement agreement or mediated settlement agreement
6. helping you prepare your discovery documents including a financial affidavit
7. working with you to produce child support figures, a reasonable alimony amount, or helping you develop a position relating to a property settlement.
These are just an example of how I can help you. Each case is unique and I have helped individuals in a variety of interesting ways tailored to meet their needs. So many spouses who are trying to work their divorce out themselves have sought out this type of limited assistance. On many occasions it has ended up kick-starting stalled communications effectively leading to agreement.
I would be working with you on a limited scope basis and under a Limited Scope of Representation. Payment would generally be made based strictly on the service(s) provided and nothing more. I would not be undertaking full representation of you in your case under a limited scope contract; however, should we decide together that full representation is what you seek and I am agreeable, the contract for services can be renegotiated and converted. The beauty of unbundled services is that you stay in charge of your case. Yet, you still have access to a qualified and experienced family law attorney for advice, strategizing, preparation of documents, or other tasks that require expertise.
If you think you would benefit from unbundled legal services in your family law case, do not hesitate to give me a call.