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 traditionally provide 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 expensive very quickly.
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, including the satisfaction of clients as well as lawyers. A report on the outcomes of the project is being prepared by the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family and will be available on the Institute's website by the end of August 2018.
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