Unbundled Legal Services: What is it Exactly and How do They Benefit You?

(Last Updated On: January 15, 2018)

Not too long ago, preparing for Divorce In Florida required you to allocate thousands of dollars for legal representation. While you still have this option, the good news is that it’s not your only option anymore.

In November 2013, the Florida Supreme Court adopted new rules that allowed attorneys to provide limited, or unbundled, legal services to their family law clients. This decision acknowledged the fact that more and more people were choosing to represent themselves in certain legal matters, usually due to financial concerns. Unbundling services and letting people pay only for what they needed made the family law process more accessible to people across the state.

What Does It Mean to “Unbundle” Services?

When you opt for unbundled legal services, your attorney breaks down their duties associated with your family law matter and provides counsel only in the areas you need help with. You assume responsibility for doing everything else.

Examples of unbundled legal services include:

  • Legal research
  • Document review
  • Organizing discovery materials
  • Drafting contracts and agreements
  • Advising on court procedures
  • Limited courtroom appearances

The biggest benefit to you as their client is that you don’t have to come up with an expensive retainer or keep paying out more money in legal fees as the case progresses.

For example, when your case begins, you may need an attorney’s help in preparing and filing your divorce petition. After that, you’re prepared to represent yourself. Alternatively, you may need more assistance with issues such as child custody and dividing the marital estate as well as going to court for these matters, but are confident when it comes to filing documents. You decide what services you need, and pay only for those. Nothing else.

Unbundled legal services allow people with limited financial resources to engage quality legal counsel for parts of their case that are especially pivotal. When a marriage, especially one involving children and significant assets, comes to an end, not understanding your rights or making a procedural mistake can mean the difference between getting what you are entitled to and having to settle for less.

Divorce Attorney Aventura

Divorce Attorney Aventura

Contact a Miami Unbundled Legal Services Attorney Today

If you need Florida divorce assistance while working with a budget or simply prefer to manage your own case, contact a Miami Divorce Attorney today. Helena Y. Farber is an experienced and compassionate advocate for her clients, and will make sure you understand all your rights and responsibilities. Even when you are engaging her help with only certain aspects of your family law matter, she will thoroughly educate you on the possible outcomes to your case, so that you can make an informed decision. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 305-520-9205 today.

About the Author Helena Y. Farber is an Divorce Lawyer in Aventura, Florida, whose practice is concentrated in the areas divorce and family law. She can be reached at (305) 520-9205 or via email at hyf@farberlawpa.com.

Disclaimer: The attorney makes this Blog available for educational purposes only as well as to give you general information and a general understanding of the law, not to provide specific legal advice. By using this blog site you understand that there is no attorney client relationship between you and the Blog. The Blog should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney in your state.

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