LIMITED LEGAL SERVICES · INFORMATION FOR CLIENTS · PARTICIPATING LAWYERS
The Alberta Limited Legal Services Project is an initiative of local lawyers aimed at providing Albertans with access to the legal services they want, when they want them, at a price they can afford.
Lawyers have traditionally provided their services on a contingency basis, usually for car accident and personal injury cases, or at an hourly rate, usually for family law and commercial cases. With both kinds of work, lawyers usually expect to handle the case from beginning to end. Although this approach isn't a problem in contingency cases, where the lawyer doesn't get paid unless he or she is successful, hourly rate cases can become very expensive.
The Limited Legal Services Project connects Albertans with lawyers who will help with just part of the case, not all of it. Limited legal services include: giving legal advice, including second opinions; drafting court papers, such as applications and affidavits; drafting other legal documents like wills and powers of attorney; going to court for settlement conferences or hearings; and, providing on-going advice and coaching while you run your own legal case. Limited legal services are sometimes called limited scope retainers and unbundled legal services.
The Limited Legal Services Project wants to understand more about people's satisfaction with limited legal services, and people accessing these services through the project will be asked to fill out a short survey about their experience and the usefulness of the services they received. In return for filling out a survey, and to show our thanks, participants will be entered in a monthly draw for a $100 prepaid Visa gift card!
Already received or provided limited legal services through the project? Click below to complete your evaluation.
David Bourdon, Megan Dawson and Lee Olesen, lawyers practicing in Red Deer, Edmonton and St Albert respectively, were added to the project roster on 9 May 2017.
The list of frequently asked questions about the project for lawyers in the Information for Lawyers page was updated on 24 April 2017.
Banke Adediran, Brittany Doucet, Alyx Nanji and Collin Smith, lawyers practicing in Calgary, were added to the project roster on 20 April 2017.
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