limited scope representation

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limited scope representation

Unread postby zigzagmarlin » Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:28 pm

does anybody have experience with this method of representation?

the NJ just served me with papers yesterday wanting to modify the final divorce decree seeking more child support among other things. remarkably, the court date is 9 days from the service.
is that turnaround from service to the court date unusually fast?

additionally, i cannot afford a retainer for an attorney and was wondering if anybody had
any knowledge of hiring an attorney on an per hour basis to help guide them through the process?

thank you in advance for your time.
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Re: limited scope representation

Unread postby newwife » Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:32 pm

well, about the lawyer, all i can say is you get what you pay for.

It's strange to me that it's 9 days from service date. Perhaps they're temp modifications?
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Re: limited scope representation

Unread postby zigzagmarlin » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:58 pm

limited scope representation is not a low cost lawyer, but actually paying a
lawyer for their time on an hourly basis and foregoing the hefty initial retainer.

i'd be paying the same rate as i would to my lawyer with the caveat that
they have limited involvement. the extent of the involvement is agreed to
by the lawyer and client.

it's a fairly new concept for the legal profession. it was instituted, mainly for family
law, because people would represent themselves to avoid the high cost of legal
representation. essentially, it's a way to get your money from you, just not all at once.

as to the speed of the court date, it is unusual but not difficult to make happen.
most of the time it's for an "emergency" need (child's well being, for example), but
i've read the complaint and there is nothing noted that is an emergency to be seen
right away. (NJ wants more child support).

my D14"s well being is not an issue.

thanks for your response.
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