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“Unbundling Legal Services” Now Available in Maryland

Sep 30, 2015 | Maryland Law

By: Mary Ellen Flynn, Esq.
Email: meflynn@a-f.net

mary-ellen-flynn“Unbundling Legal Services” is the nickname for “Limited Scope Representation”—which is a way that attorneys can be hired in an a la carte way. As of July 1, 2015, Maryland attorneys can be hired by their clients to do discrete tasks such as:

  • Drafting pleadings
  • Appearing in court or at a mediation
  • Defending a client in a deposition, etc.

Before, attorneys were not ethically allowed to do any “ghost writing” (write but don’t sign) of pleadings and once retained, attorneys were responsible for the entire matter until it was concluded or the attorney’s appearance was withdrawn through the Court process. Now, clients have the benefit of hiring attorneys for just a part or parts of their case and thereby they don’t have to expend money to hire an attorney to handle the entire case.

How Unbundled Legal Services Work

At the request of Maryland Access to Justice Commission and other pro-bono organizations, Maryland’s Court of Appeals issued new rules allowing attorneys to enter “Limited Appearances.” These rules also set forth clear requirements of procedures that must be followed whenever an attorney is so hired.

On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, I participated on a panel and taught attorneys the new rules and practice tips associated with “Unbundling Legal Services.” Not all areas of law and not all cases are appropriate for attorneys to handle in a “limited” way, but the vast majority of clients will benefit from these new Maryland rules.

Are “Unbundled Legal Services” Right for You? Contact Us for More Information

If you are interested in learning more about “Unbundled Legal Services” in Maryland and whether it is appropriate for your matter, you may call my office at 301-563-6685 and schedule a consultation with me. Click here to contact us online.

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