“Unbundled legal services” is a relatively new phrase, however the concept has been around for a long time. In any particular case there are many components and phases. When you work with an attorney on an “unbundled” basis, you are only working with him for one component or phase. For example, if you want to represent yourself in a divorce matter, and you want to make sure the complaint is filed and served correctly, you can hire an attorney to just do that. Maybe a post decree motion need to be filed, the attorney can help you with the process and procedure, and file the motion, but you can still represent yourself, if you so choose. You could hire an attorney to just prepare a QDRO or a quit claim deed, to draft a separation agreement, or a Judgment entry in divorce. Many parts of the process can be “sub-contracted,” if you will, just to ensure that you are on the right path and legally and procedurally accurate. Some attorneys have no problem with this type of “unbundled work” others want to fully represent you in this matter. That choice, and that cost is up to you. Understand this is really a cost issue for you as a party to a case. The amount of time and money spent on full representation could be substantial. Due to this cost many people are trying to represent themselves, and as a result mistakes are being made. If you have an attorney just help with portions of the case, then you can make sure that the process is done right and your rights are protected by your attorney, with the added benefit of far reduced costs. Peter Kirner of Kirner and Boldt has been doing unbundled services for years, mostly in the area of divorce, dissolution, and other family law matters. Please contact him at 440-884-4300.