Limited Scope Representation Explained: What you Need to Know
What is Limited Scope Representation?
Limited Scope Representation is when you hire an attorney only for parts of your case while you remain responsible for the rest of your case. In this type of representation, the attorney completes only the specific tasks you have hired him or her to do, and the attorney’s involvement with your case ends when those tasks are complete. If you want the attorney to handle additional parts of your case, a new agreement is made for the additional services you are requesting.
What are Examples of Limited Scope Representation?
In Texas, an attorney can help with virtually any part of your case on a Limited Scope basis. Some examples include:
Giving legal advice and answering legal questions
Explaining the legal process and guiding you through it
Preparing or reviewing paperwork
Helping you prepare for a hearing
Going to a hearing with you and representing you just for that hearing
After learning about your situation and your goals, an attorney can help you determine which tasks would be best for Limited Scope Representation. Make sure you understand exactly what the attorney will be responsible for and what you will be responsible for. The agreement with the attorney should be in writing and clearly list out what services the attorney will provide.
How is Limited Scope Representation Different from Full Scope Representation?
In the traditional arrangement (Full Scope Representation), an attorney is responsible for all parts of your case from start to finish. Limited Scope Representation is different because you are responsible for all parts of your case except for the specific parts handled by the attorney. Limited Scope Representation lets you get help from an attorney only when you want or need it.
Another way Limited Scope Representation is different from Full Scope Representation is the way you pay for it. In Full Scope Representation, attorneys generally require you to pay a large amount up front (a retainer) and then charge you for the time spent working on your case at an hourly rate. You are required to continue to pay until your case is finished. In Limited Scope Representation, you generally pay a set amount, or flat fee, for the attorney to complete a certain task. In this way, you will know exactly how much it will cost to get the help you need from the attorney.