One of the challenges that families in need of legal representation face is the cost of such services, which can be prohibitive to many.

Some people who need legal services will be unable to afford an attorney, which can be damaging to their legal cases.

Limited scope legal representation is a legal service arrangement that can help.

Working with limited scope representation lawyers, families can get essential legal assistance where they most require it without the high cost of full-service legal representation.

What Is Limited Scope Legal Representation?

Limited scope legal representation is a form of family legal services that allows clients to pay for the specific legal services they need and handle some of the other more mundane parts of the process on their own.

It is a sort of “a la carte” legal representation, where the lawyer’s guidance and skills are contracted for the parts of the legal process that requires them while the client does the legwork on their own for things that might include emails, phone calls, and filing documents.

In this manner, clients with limited funds can still gain the essential professional representation that they need in a more affordable way, since their lawyer will be spending fewer hours working on their case.

Fees and services are typically discussed ahead of time and once a limited scope representation lawyer provides the agreed-upon service, they are no longer associated with the case.

What Are the Benefits of Limited Scope Representation?

For clients who are reasonably familiar with the process for their family law case but just need help with certain parts, limited scope representation can be beneficial.

Most importantly, it allows clients to pay only for the legal services they absolutely need while they take care of the rest, significantly reducing the time that lawyers must spend on a case as well as the cost of their services.

It gives those who would otherwise be unrepresented due to the cost of full-service legal services the opportunity to have good representation more affordably.

This can positively benefit the outcome of their family law case.

When Is Limited Scope Representation Suitable?

A lawyer who offers limited scope representation can be a great option for clients who need help with things like knowing which forms or contracts must be filed for their case, understanding those papers, creating a case plan, having short discussions about a case, drafting petitions and agreements, and many other case-related services.

Limited scope legal representation is especially suited to simpler family law cases such as divorces, child support, enforcement, modification, child custody and parental relationship, and legal name changes.

In addition, clients who do choose this type of representation always have the option to expand their legal services as necessary should they decide that full legal services are needed.

Consider Limited Scope Legal Representation

Good legal representation is an essential need for a highly favorable outcome in family law cases.

When the cost of full-service legal assistance is a problem, seek a lawyer familiar with limited scope representation who may be able to help.

Limited scope representation is a cost-effective solution when some legal services are necessary and clients are willing to do their part to reduce billable hours.

It can ensure that even those with limited financial resources can benefit from good legal representation.

Schreier & Housewirth Family Law

1800 West Bowie Street, Suite 200-E
Fort Worth TX 76110



Gregory L. Housewirth is a Board-Certified Family Law Specialist practicing in Fort Worth Texas. With 30 years of family law experience, Mr. Housewirth has represented hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, CPS, modification, and grandparent cases. In addition, Mr. Housewirth is a qualified family law mediator and a member of Collaborative Law Texas, a practice group dedicated to promoting collaborative divorce in Texas.


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