Limited Scope Legal Services
The following is a list of attorneys licensed to practice law in Iowa who provide Limited Scope Legal Services in a variety of substantive areas such as family law. Limited Scope Legal Services can also be described as discrete task representation, which means an attorney provides a specific service to a client rather than being retained to handle all aspects of a client's case. The attorneys' rates can be obtained from each individual attorney.
What are "Limited Scope Legal Services"?
"Limited Scope" legal services can also be described as "discrete task representation". An attorney who provides a specific service to a client (who is otherwise handling an action pro se) is providing one service out of the possible range of "bundled" services, otherwise referred to as full representation. Some observers note that this type of service has always been part of the practice of law, although usually in the context of a relationship with an existing client.
What "Limited Scope Legal Services" Means for Clients:
Attorneys which are committed to the "Limited Scope" concept are willing to provide limited legal services to clients. Instead of paying a large retainer up-front a lawyer delivering limited legal services will undertake discrete tasks such as:
- Legal advice: office visits, telephone calls, fax, mail, e-mail
- Advice about availability of alternative means to resolving the dispute, including mediation and arbitration.
- Evaluation of clients' self-diagnosis of the case and advising client about legal rights.
- Guidance and procedural information for filing or serving documents.
- Reviewing correspondence and court documents.
- Preparing and/or suggesting documents to be prepared.
- Factual investigation: contacting witnesses, public record searches, in-depth interview of client.
- Legal research and analysis.
- Discovery: interrogatories, depositions, requests for document production.
- Planning for negotiations, including simulated role playing with client.
- Planning for court appearances made by client, including simulated role playing with client.
- Backup and trouble-shooting during the trial.
- Referring client to other counsel and to other experts.
- Counseling client about possible appeal.
- Procedural assistance with appeal and assisting with substantive legal argumentation in appeal.
In all of these situations the attorney will charge just for the limited legal services used, rather than charging a fee for management of the entire case. Normally clients will have to sign a Limited Retainer Agreement affirming that they understand that the legal services delivered are limited in nature.