Limited Scope Representation

Limited assistance representation, commonly known as limited scope representation was created to give more people affordable access to the legal system. In many cases, hiring an attorney and paying a retainer is so cost-prohibitive that those in need of legal advice simply go without and try to go it alone by representing themselves, Pro Se. In reality, you may be capable of doing much of the work yourself and only need some guidance and help with specific aspects of your case. Limited scope representation allows you to work together with your attorney, paying only for the services you actually need. Attorney Karen Lane offers limited scope representation so that her clients can get the help they need at a flat-fee that is affordable.

Limited assistance representation (LAR), is also referred to as unbundling. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your needs and what tasks you feel comfortable handling on your own, and come up with a written agreement that lists the exact services each of us will perform. There is no retainer and hourly fees are not necessary. The nature of this agreement makes it possible to charge a flat rate for each service, so you know up-front what it will cost.

In limited scope representation, we work together on your case. You decide what you need help with, and what you can do on your own. If you decide you need more help later down the road, we can draft a new agreement.

Limited scope representation has not always been allowed. It used to be all or nothing, full representation or no representation at all. Family law matters, such as divorce or child support and custody issues, can have consequences which will affect you and your family for the rest of your lives. Many of the tasks involved may be well within your ability, but even a small mistake can be disastrous. Limited scope representation can give you the tools and guidance to avoid mistakes, while doing a large portion of the work on your own, minimizing the time I spend on your case and maximizing the value of that time.

Of course, you can choose full representation if you do not feel comfortable with handling any of the aspects of the case, or if you simply do not have the time.

Attorney Karen D. Lane’s office is located in the town of Sherborn, which is centrally located in Middlesex County, 3.3 miles directly south of the Mass Pike, on the Natick/Framingham town lines. She represents clients throughout metro-suburban Boston in Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Worcester, and Essex counties. Please call Attorney Karen D. Lane at 508-655-5513 or contact her online today to schedule your free initial consultation to learn about the affordability and wide range of options to clients in Limited Assistance Representation.