Unbundled Legal Services – Family Law Matters
Unbundled Legal Services is a method of addressing a client’s legal needs where we and the client agree to limit the scope of our attorney involvement to specific tasks, specific methods, or certain issues. The client will be responsible for doing everything else.
My Unbundled Legal services may include:
- Reviewing legal documents that have been prepared or received.
- Drafting documents required in the legal process.
- Preparing for and/or appearing for a hearing or trial.
- Legal Coaching for an upcoming hearing or trial.
- Legal Research regarding all aspects of family law.
- The Initial pleadings, which are required in all areas of family law, to start the legal process.
- Motions to be filed in your legal matter including but not limited to contempt matters.
- Responses to motions filed by the opposing party.
- Child support documents including Child Support Worksheets.
- Protection Orders – petitions, responses and declarations that may be needed in your legal matter.
Grounds for divorce
Family law issues are highly personal and often stressful. As a “no fault” state, to get a divorce in Washington you do not need to prove that either spouse did something wrong. A spouse’s wrong-doing or other actions can be relevant in deciding issues relating to custody, visitation, and sometimes division of property, but in terms of the dissolution of the marriage itself fault is never an issue.
Managing legal expenses
This method allows individuals who do not desire traditional attorney representation, to access and pay for a defined scope of the work involved for the legal process. Keeping costs down during the divorce process involves understanding the process and what the issues are, and trying to reach an agreement on issues wherever possible. Agreeing about issues with a spouse with whom you are separating is difficult for many people. No Matter how contentious a separation may be at the beginning there is often a middle ground that can be reached through negotiation by both parties.