How limited-scope services reduce legal costs for custody matters?

October 25, 2021 - Categories: Legal Articles

In many situations, when you hire an attorney to represent you, they take care of your whole case. They’re paid a retainer for their services, and they handle everything that comes up related to that case. 

However, while that’s definitely a good way to make sure you’re getting the best representation, it can be quite expensive. Which is why, in some situations, like custody matters, you might want to consider limited-scope services instead. 

What Are Limited-Scope Services?

As the name suggests, limited scope legal services are not the traditional “soup to nuts” type of legal relationship. Instead of hiring a lawyer to handle everything for you, you retain them for specific tasks only. 

You might have your attorney draw up your court application, write letters or draft affidavits. But some of the other things, like gathering information, are done by the client themselves. There is some risk with an arrangement like this, since the client is performing some of the legwork for the case, but as long as both parties are clear on liability and responsibility, it could be a good solution. 

Per Task Rates

When you hire an attorney for limited-scope services, you will discuss and agree on your needs, as well as what you will be required to do yourself. Your attorney will give you a price to perform the specific tasks you need them to do for you, but anything outside of that scope would be an additional cost. 

If your case is relatively simple and you are on a limited budget, this can give you the legal advice you need, at a price you can afford. 

Do All Attorneys Offer Limited-Scope Services?

No. Some lawyers and law firms do not offer limited-scope services, and most who do will evaluate each case individually. If your case is very complicated, or there are many services that you need done, it might not be feasible or beneficial to handle it this way. 

However, it never hurts to ask, so if you are planning to talk to an attorney about your custody case, and you would like to save some money, this might be a good compromise between professional help and budget consciousness. 

Although this is the general rule in most states, the specific laws of how this topic is dealt within each state vary; therefore, we strongly recommend scheduling a free phone consultation with one of our local in-network affordable attorneys for advice on how this topic applies to your given legal situation, in your particular state.

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