Yaffa Family Law Group
By: Doreen Yaffa

What is Limited Representation?

Divorce, Limited Representation

Some states allow limited representation or limited scope representation, which may also be called unbundled services, and Florida is one of those states.

Limited representation is when your lawyer handles certain aspects of your case, and you do the rest. When your lawyer agrees to provide you with limited scope representation, it means they will handle specific legal tasks for you but will not take on the responsibility of the entire case.

Limited scope representation saves money and allows people who would otherwise not be able to afford a lawyer to benefit from the services of an attorney. 

Some of the benefits of limited representation include:

  • Legal costs are more affordable because you are only paying for what you need.
  • The services can be customized based on your specific needs and case.
  • It gives you more freedom to control your case.
  • You have the option to use limited scope representation in contested or uncontested family law cases. 

With limited representation, your attorney agrees to handle certain aspects of your case, and you will handle the rest. For example, you may have your lawyer draft a petition for divorce, and you file it with the courts.

What Does Limited Scope Representation Include?

Some things your family law attorney can help you with include:

  • Strategy and courtroom coaching.
  • Advice on procedure.
  • Negotiations.
  • Guidance on how to handle tricky legal situations.
  • Document drafting and review.
  • Research.
  • Mediation. 

Some examples of limited representation would be:

  • Your lawyer provides you with ongoing advice and strategy coaching throughout your entire case, but you file paperwork and attend all hearings and courtroom appointments yourself.
  • You hire your attorney to draft the marital settlement agreement, but you file it yourself and appear in court alone.
  • Or conversely, you prepare the paperwork for your case but ask your lawyer to appear in court and represent you. 
  • You hire a lawyer to help with mediation to work out the details between you and the other party, but you file the agreement with the courts yourself.

How Does it Work?

When you discuss limited representation with your attorney, you will work up an agreement that stipulates exactly what the lawyer will be doing for you and what you will handle yourself. Therefore, it’s important to understand all the aspects of your case and where your responsibility lies.

Limited scope representation is great for simple cases and those where you feel comfortable handling certain items. However, it is not ideal for complex cases or those with a substantial degree of conflict. 

Limited scope representation allows Yaffa Family Law Group to help as many clients as we can. Keep in mind this type of representation is not just for divorce; it can also be used for child modification custody cases and post/prenuptial agreements.  

If you need assistance with your family law matters, contact a family law attorney today and schedule a complimentary strategy session.