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Limited-Scope Representation—

Legal Representation You Can Afford

Try Limited-Scope Representation for Your Legal Needs

Delaying a divorce or custody modification over financial concerns only prolongs the inevitable and does nothing to make your life better. You want to move on with your life, but see few options beyond a massive legal bill which you cannot afford. We can help.


At Law Office of Channe G. Coles we recognize the financial constraints preventing some from obtaining the legal help they need. In some circumstances, we offer limited-scope representation with a flat-rate fee as an alternative means to a standard, hourly fee agreement, to keep costs down while still obtaining competent legal representation from a lawyer you can trust. Not all matters will qualify for limited-scope or flat-rate services. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn if your matter qualifies for flat-rate, limited-scope services.

What is Limited-Scope Representation?

Limited-scope representation is when you and a lawyer agree that the lawyer will handle specific aspects of your case, and you will handle others, often at a flat-rate fee. This is different from more traditional arrangements between lawyers and clients where a lawyer is hired to provide legal services on all aspects of a case, from start to finish. Limited-scope representation is sometimes called “unbundling” or “discrete task representation.”


Here are some examples of limited-scope arrangements:

  • You can consult a lawyer and get legal information and advice about your case when you need it, paying on an hourly basis.

  • You can hire the lawyer to represent you on certain issues in your case (like child support and custody) while you do the rest yourself.

  • You can hire the lawyer to represent you in preparing a need-based motion for attorney fees in order to obtain the funds necessary to retain representation on all matters of your case.

  • You can hire the lawyer to prepare the forms and other court documents but file them yourself and represent yourself at the hearings.

  • You can hire the lawyer to coach you on how to represent yourself at the court hearings and help you prepare the evidence that you will present in court.

  • You can hire the lawyer to help you with the more complicated parts of your case, such as discovery and legal research while you do the simpler tasks yourself.



Affordable Help on a Specific Family Law Matter

At Law Office of Channe G. Coles, we provide "unbundled" services for clients who normally could not afford a family law attorney or who only want representation on specific, limited tasks, all on a more affordable basis.

Not all matters are appropriate for flat-rate services; some cases may be too complex or require heavy litigation to resolve the issues. Schedule a consultation today to see how we can help guide you through this process.




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