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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 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


For opportunities to provide limited scope services, consider signing up with the Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service (contact Robin Brown at For Pro Bono participation opportunities, contact Ginny Martin at or Cindee Carter at


The state courts’ limited appearance form ( is usable in each of the trial courts. Also necessary is the client consent form (


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 under Legal Links.



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