Types of Services Lawyers Can Provide

Attorneys perform different functions which vary in cost and the level of control clients have over their affairs, including:

  • Consultation for legal information and advice
  • Consultation to review documents (such as agreements, leases, wills, corporation documents, do-it-yourself court forms)
  • Mediation, arbitration, or other third party services
  • Preparation of documents
  • Representing clients in negotiations (possibly under “collaborative lawyering” agreement where both attorneys withdraw if either side chooses to litigate)
  • Representing clients in court, arbitration, administrative and legislative hearings

For information on “unbundling” legal services, see Forrest S. Mosten, Unbundling Legal Services (American Bar Association, 2000) http://www.mostenmediation.com/mmt/Unbundling%20Legal%20Services.htm

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