Limited Scope Retainers

The term “limited scope retainer” means the provision of legal services by a licensee (lawyer or paralegal) for part, but not all, of a client’s legal matter. Another expression is often used is “unbundled services”.

In other words, you hire a licensee to help you as needed.  This can be for one meeting, ongoing legal advice behind the scenes or representation in Court for a step in some litigation.

Limited scope retainers are designed to provide valuable legal guidance at an affordable cost, making them a facilitator of access to legal services and access to justice.

You can hire a licensee to provide a number of services. Here are just a  few examples:

  • an opinion as to the strengths and weaknesses of your case
  • strategic advice for your case
  • guidance on court procedure
  • preparation or review of court documents, such as pleadings, affidavits, etc.
  • assistance with negotiation or mediation
  • advice on how to conduct a discovery, or perform the discovery on your behalf
  • preparation for or representation at a specific hearing or Court appearance

Click here for our list of Members to explore limited scope retainer options.


A limited scope retainer agreement. © 2016 Heather Hui-Litwin

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