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Bar News - October 16, 2009


Have You Tried Limited-Scope Representation?

Attorneys interested in trying out "unbundled" or limited-scope legal representation with appropriate clients and legal matters are encouraged to visit the Unbundled Legal Services page.

Recently revised Court rules and Professional Conduct rules 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. The rules allow for a clear path of exit from representation for limited-scope matters.

These rules give attorneys the opportunity to expand or focus a practice, attract new paying clients or assist Pro Bono or other lower-income clients with discrete tasks. For the public, the unbundled rules allow more consumer choice and offer more affordable options for legal services.

Our resources page provides links to the approved client agreement and court appearance forms for limited-scope representation, as well as articles from NH and other jurisdictions regarding limited-scope or "unbundled" legal services.

For opportunities to provide limited scope services, consider signing up with the Bar Associationís Lawyer Referral Service by contacting Robin Brown at 603-224-6942. For Pro Bono participation opportunities, contact Ginny Martin at 603-224-6942.

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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