After a blog post by Richard Zorza commented on Dr. Julie MacFarlane’s research, I read her full post. Dr. MacFarlane summarizes her research into the lack of lawyers offering “unbundled” services (or what we call here “Limited Scope Representation,” based on the terminology in ABA Model Rule 1.2(c)).
Nutshell: demand for these limited services far outstrips the supply of lawyers who offer them. Surprise: many who sought LSR services did so not because of money, but out of frustration with prior representation or lack of trust in an open budget form of assistance. (See Part 2 of MarFarlane’s research report at page 38.)
Nutshell 2: the self-imposed and vigorously-defended traditional culture of legal practice is the obstacle, not rules, liability risk, lack of prospective clients or judicial obstruction.
So my question to those of you who have not already tried this form of lawyering is: What is stopping YOU?
By now there are ample reports, articles, blog posts, bar journal editorials, court rulings, CLE courses and other materials that show how and when LSR services can be appropriately offered. My book alone covers most of those topics (and for less than $10!), but there are others available as well.
Do you have an answer? Is it an honest obstacle, or a self-imposed limitation? Think about it and then ask yourself again: what’s holding me back?