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Limited Scope Representation By M. Sue Talia
What it Isn’t <ul><li>Limited liability </li></ul><ul><li>Second class practice </li></ul><ul><li>Unethical </li></ul><ul>...
What it Is <ul><li>Quality practice of law </li></ul><ul><li>An attorney-client relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Limited Sco...
Why Now? <ul><li>Overwhelming need demands innovation in practice </li></ul><ul><li>Inability of traditional models to ser...
Topics to be Covered <ul><li>Ethical issues </li></ul><ul><li>Malpractice issues </li></ul><ul><li>Best Practices </li></u...
Defining the Continuum <ul><li>Wide array of potential services </li></ul><ul><li>Tailored to each case </li></ul><ul><li>...
The Four Basic Ethical Rules (aka No-Brainers) <ul><li>Limitations must be informed and in writing </li></ul><ul><li>Limit...
Tasks and Issues <ul><li>Use your professional judgment </li></ul><ul><li>Do a thorough intake </li></ul><ul><li>The most ...
Client Selection <ul><li>The Poster Child </li></ul><ul><li>The Unbundled Client from Hell </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone in b...
Going to Court <ul><li>The Unbundled Lawyer’s Greatest Fear </li></ul><ul><li>Getting In </li></ul><ul><li>Getting Out </l...
Malpractice Issues <ul><li>Remember the four No-Brainers </li></ul><ul><li>Document your file </li></ul><ul><li>Checklists...
The Risk Management Materials Your Ticket to a Good Night’s Sleep (Courtesy of the California Commission on Access to Just...
Client Handouts and Resources <ul><li>Client handout describing limited scope (remember No-Brainer #1?) </li></ul><ul><li>...
Re-Drawing the Box <ul><li>New issues </li></ul><ul><li>“ Help! This is harder than I thought!” </li></ul><ul><li>Expandin...
Practical Issues <ul><li>Dealing with opposing counsel </li></ul><ul><li>Dealing with the courts </li></ul><ul><li>Getting...
Support Groups <ul><li>Informal support groups with colleagues who unbundle are a boon </li></ul><ul><li>Email, listserves...
Marketing your Practi$e <ul><li>Brochures </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Public Speaking </li></ul><ul><li>C...
A Final Word <ul><li>Lest the citizenry lose faith in the substance of the system and the procedures we use to administer ...
Q & A
My Contact Info <ul><li>M. Sue Talia </li></ul><ul><li>P.O. Box 2335 </li></ul><ul><li>Danville, CA 94526-7335 </li></ul><...
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  1. 1. Limited Scope Representation By M. Sue Talia
  2. 2. What it Isn’t <ul><li>Limited liability </li></ul><ul><li>Second class practice </li></ul><ul><li>Unethical </li></ul><ul><li>Inherently dangerous </li></ul><ul><li>Just about poor people </li></ul><ul><li>Good for every case </li></ul><ul><li>Good for every issue </li></ul><ul><li>Good for every client </li></ul>
  3. 3. What it Is <ul><li>Quality practice of law </li></ul><ul><li>An attorney-client relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Limited Scope </li></ul><ul><li>Ethical </li></ul><ul><li>Safe </li></ul><ul><li>A Profit Center </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why Now? <ul><li>Overwhelming need demands innovation in practice </li></ul><ul><li>Inability of traditional models to serve vast pools of potential clients </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer demand for affordable legal services </li></ul><ul><li>Court need for intelligible pleadings and procedural assistance for pro se litigants </li></ul>
  5. 5. Topics to be Covered <ul><li>Ethical issues </li></ul><ul><li>Malpractice issues </li></ul><ul><li>Best Practices </li></ul><ul><li>Turn-key office intake and risk management materials </li></ul><ul><li>Practical problems </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing </li></ul>
  6. 6. Defining the Continuum <ul><li>Wide array of potential services </li></ul><ul><li>Tailored to each case </li></ul><ul><li>Tailored to each client </li></ul><ul><li>Changes as the case or client’s skill (or lack thereof) evolves </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Four Basic Ethical Rules (aka No-Brainers) <ul><li>Limitations must be informed and in writing </li></ul><ul><li>Limitations must be reasonable under the circumstances </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in scope must be documented </li></ul><ul><li>Clients must be advised on related issues EVEN IF THEY DON’T ASK </li></ul><ul><li>These duties are NON-DELEGABLE </li></ul>
  8. 8. Tasks and Issues <ul><li>Use your professional judgment </li></ul><ul><li>Do a thorough intake </li></ul><ul><li>The most common: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Document assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Procedural assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategy and advice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attending the occasional hearing </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Client Selection <ul><li>The Poster Child </li></ul><ul><li>The Unbundled Client from Hell </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone in between </li></ul>
  10. 10. Going to Court <ul><li>The Unbundled Lawyer’s Greatest Fear </li></ul><ul><li>Getting In </li></ul><ul><li>Getting Out </li></ul>
  11. 11. Malpractice Issues <ul><li>Remember the four No-Brainers </li></ul><ul><li>Document your file </li></ul><ul><li>Checklists are your Best Friend </li></ul><ul><li>Use good judgment in defining the scope </li></ul><ul><li>NEVER step outside the bright line box without drawing a new bright line box </li></ul><ul><li>Tailor and use the Risk Management Materials </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Risk Management Materials Your Ticket to a Good Night’s Sleep (Courtesy of the California Commission on Access to Justice)
  13. 13. Client Handouts and Resources <ul><li>Client handout describing limited scope (remember No-Brainer #1?) </li></ul><ul><li>MapQuest directions to court, self help centers, law library, any other regularly used resources </li></ul><ul><li>Handouts re common issues such as dividing furniture, severing joint tenancies, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Common sense web sites relevant to your practice (e.g. divorceinfo.com) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Re-Drawing the Box <ul><li>New issues </li></ul><ul><li>“ Help! This is harder than I thought!” </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding the scope </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing the scope </li></ul><ul><li>Beware of emergencies, real or imagined </li></ul>
  15. 15. Practical Issues <ul><li>Dealing with opposing counsel </li></ul><ul><li>Dealing with the courts </li></ul><ul><li>Getting papers filed </li></ul><ul><li>New issues pop up like mushrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Resisting changes in the scope </li></ul><ul><li>The revolving-door limited scope lawyer on the other side of the case </li></ul><ul><li>Service of process </li></ul>
  16. 16. Support Groups <ul><li>Informal support groups with colleagues who unbundle are a boon </li></ul><ul><li>Email, listserves, brown bags, etc. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Marketing your Practi$e <ul><li>Brochures </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Public Speaking </li></ul><ul><li>Community cable TV and radio </li></ul><ul><li>Online yellow pages </li></ul><ul><li>Your eternally grateful unbundled clients </li></ul>
  18. 18. A Final Word <ul><li>Lest the citizenry lose faith in the substance of the system and the procedures we use to administer it, we can ill afford to confront them with a government dominated by forms and mysterious rituals and then tell them they lose because they did not know how to play the game or should not have taken us at our word. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Moore v. Price, 914 S.W. 2d 318, 323 (Ark. 1996), Mayfield, J., Dissenting. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Q & A
  20. 20. My Contact Info <ul><li>M. Sue Talia </li></ul><ul><li>P.O. Box 2335 </li></ul><ul><li>Danville, CA 94526-7335 </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 925-838-2660 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax: 925-743-1614 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: sue@unbundledlaw.org </li></ul><ul><li>Note: Please put the words “limited scope” or “unbundling” in the subject line to avoid being lost in cyber-space </li></ul>
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