You can also check the law Office Management Standard #7: Limited Scope Retainers; Real Estate Standard 4.5: Scope-Retainer Limited; standard #11: Representation scope for further LSR-related resources related to the LSR. Unbundled services must be kept in writing (see Rule 3.2-1A of the code). You should design it in plain language that clearly describes the extent of the work the client does for you, especially in cases where the client refuses one or more aspects of your service offer or undertakes to deal with certain aspects independently. The details of these agreements should be discussed orally and in writing with the client. If you opt for an engagement letter or a preservation agreement, the language and meaning must be clear and you must explain the terms of the document so that the client understands the extent of the professional relationship. A lawyer who provides legal services to a limited extent should also consider how communications should be handled by opposing counsel. Counsel should check whether instructions should be obtained from the client for disclosure of the limited representation to the member`s lawyer (r. 3.2-1A.1 [5.1 and 5.3 to 5.4]). Unless the opposing counsel is informed in writing of the limited nature of the legal services provided by counsel and the approach, communication or business approach is within the scope of the narrow scope, an opposing lawyer may, without the consent of counsel, address, communicate or refer directly to the person concerned (R. 7.2-6A). A restricted reservation, also known as a “dissociation agreement,” refers to a client`s partial legal advice by agreement between the lawyer and the client (r. 1.1-1 of the professional code).
For example, the lawyer and client may agree, to a limited extent, that the lawyer provides the client with one or more of the following legal services: verification or preparation of documents; Legal research Legal advice Legal coaching or representation at a given stage of a case. The “dissociation” of legal services, which is also commonly referred to as “limited sector representation” or “limited scope” (which is now defined according to the rules of professional law), is “the provision of legal services by a lawyer for one party, but not all, the legal question of a client`s common agreement between the lawyer and the client.” It is important for lawyers to recognize that unbundled legal services may not be appropriate for all legal issues. For example, some issues may be too complex or related to other legal issues beyond the expertise of counsel for counsel to provide legal services in a limited scope. Counsel should also consider the client before declaring himself ready to provide unbundled or limited legal services. For example, a lawyer may be asked to provide limited legal services to a client with limited capacity. In this case, in addition to the requirements of Rule 3.2-9, counsel should carefully consider and assess whether it is possible, in the present circumstances, to provide these services competently (r.