"Unbundled" or "Limited" Legal Services
"Unbundled" Legal Services from SmartLegalForms.com's Virtual Law Firm Network
- What are "unbundled" or "limited" legal services?
- What is a "virtual law firm?"
- How does purchasing "unbundled" legal services save money on legal fees?
- How do I find a law firm that offers "unbundled" legal services?
- Is a real lawyer used in every case?
- Can I change my lawyer?
- What happens if my case is more complex and requires further assistance?
- Can I buy custom legal document drafting services?
- Is there a refund policy?
What are "unbundled" or "limited" legal services?
"Unbundled" legal services, also known as "limited legal services" or "discrete task representation," is using your lawyer for what only a lawyer can do. You purchase the legal services or advice you need and no more. You enter into a Limited Services Retainer Agreement which specifies the scope of representation, and usually for a fixed price. Examples of limited legal services are:
- legal forms bundled with legal advice for a fixed price;
- legal advice purchased by the question or by the session;
- legal review and analysis of a single document;
- court coaching services, where your attorney assists you in representing yourself in court, but doesn't make an appearance on your behalf.
On-line limited legal services are legal services that are delivered via the Internet, rather than within the law firm's physical office. This results in additional savings and efficiencies for clients who prefer to deal with their lawyers via the Internet. All of the law firms within the SmartLegalForms.com Network are "virtual law firms" capable of delivering online legal services.
What is a "virtual law firm?"
A "virtual law firm" is a law firm that delivers legal services directly to clients via the Internet through a password-protected, secure Web space. Here clients may purchase legal services as needed via online credit card payment, and the attorney and client can communicate, share files and interact in a variety of ways.
The key feature of a "virtual law firm" is the use of a Web site that incorporates interactive and web-enabled programs to support interaction between lawyer and client along a number of dimensions. An attorney who simply works out of his or her home, without a physical law office, but offers legal services in the traditional way is not a "virtual law firm" by this definition.
How does purchasing on-line limited legal services save money on legal fees?
You save on legal fees because you do part of the work yourself, and you only purchase the lawyer's service when you really need it.
For example, instead of your attorney going with you to your "no-fault" divorce hearing - which would typically cost you for every hour of your attorney's time - your attorney prepares just your legal forms and provides you with legal advice for your particular situation. By representing yourself and doing part of the work you can save thousands of dollars in legal fees.
Because all of the law firm's in the SmartLegalForms.com network are also "virtual law firms" you save money because of the efficiency of using the Internet as a platform for the delivery of legal services.
How do I find a law firm that offers "unbundled" legal services?
"Unbundled" legal services is a new way of delivering legal services. All of the law firms in the SmartLegalForms.com Virtual Law Firm Network offer "unbundled" legal services.
The SmartLegalForms.com Network is the first and only law firm directory on the Internet created exclusively for law firms offering "unbundled" legal services. All of the firms are "virtual law firms" because they have the capability of working with you via the Internet. Because the "unbundled legal services" and "virtual law firm" concept is so new, our law firm network does not yet cover all 50 states. However, the number of firms embracing these concepts is growing monthly.
Yes. When you connect with a law firm listed in the SmartLegalForms.com Network, you deal with that law firm directly. You also work with a lawyer who is a member of the State Bar and is licensed to practice law in your state. You become a client of that law firm and will have access to your own, secure "client space" within the law firm's Web site. Here you can access all of the law firm's online legal services, communicate with your attorney, and enjoy the convenience and cost-savings of using a virtual law firm. You will accept what is known as a "Limited Services Agreement" specifying the scope of the client-attorney relationship and outlining the legal services you are purchasing. An attorney-client relationship will be established with all of the protections that the relationship affords, including confidentiality, a conflicts-of-interest check, and attorney responsibility for providing you with the proper legal advice.
No. The SmartLegalForms.com Network is a national network. Even if only one law firm is available in your state, that law firm can serve you anywhere you live within the state via the Internet. However, a law firm may only represent you if you are a resident of the state in which the law firm is authorized to practice. If you are an out-of-state resident, you may be represented if you have a matter within the state in which the lawyer practices.
You are free to choose a different law firm at any time prior to the commencement of work by a firm.
Your lawyer will advise you if this is the case, and arrange to engage with you by telephone or face-to-face, to make sure your matter is dealt with in the most appropriate manner. The attorney will provide you with a quote for any additional services provided. Sometimes your online lawyer will refer you to another law firm that will provide you traditional, full-service representation if you need it.
If you need a document that requires more extensive custom drafting, your law firm will quote you a fixed fee or hourly rate to have the document completed to your exact requirements. In most instances, all of your legal document work can be completed within the fixed fee quoted by your law firm.
Most of our law firms have a consumer friendly refund policy that comes with a money-back guarantee. This is unprecedented in the legal profession. For detailed information on a law firm's refund policy, please visit the firm's Web site.