Bar News - March 23, 2007
Unbundled Legal Services New Option for Representation
What is the scoop on New Hampshire’s new limited-scope (“unbundled”) legal services rules? They present a win-win situation for attorneys and the public alike by offering more options in the delivery of legal services.
These new court and professional conduct rules (found at http://www.courts.state.nh.us/supreme/orders/20060321.pdf) permit attorneys to handle part of a case—such as drafting a motion, reviewing an agreement or attending one specific hearing—rather than the entire matter. Unbundled legal services give attorneys the opportunity to expand or focus a practice, attract new paying clients or assist the Pro Bono Referral Service or other low-income clients with discrete tasks. For the public, the unbundled rules allow more consumer choice and offer more affordable options for legal services.
Bar members can watch an online NHBA-CLE that will help you learn how to offer limited representation services efficiently and ethically. The seminar, “The New Unbundling Rules (Limited Representation)” is available through NHBA-CLE online under the ethics category by clicking on http://www.legalspan.com/nhbar/catalog.asp?ItemID=20060628-208146-151548.
For opportunities to provide limited scope services, consider signing up with the Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service (contact Robin Brown at email@example.com.) For Pro Bono participation opportunities, contact Ginny Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cindee Carter at email@example.com.
The state courts’ limited appearance form (http://www.courts.state.nh.us/forms/nhjb-2294-dfps.pdf) is usable in each of the trial courts. Also necessary is the client consent form (http://www.nhbar.org/uploads/pdf/ClientConsentFormLimitedRep.pdf).
More information on unbundling and copies of the state’s limited appearance form and a client consent form mandated under the rules are posted at www.nhbar.org under Legal Links.