Limited Scope Representation in Southern California

Are you in need of the guidance of an experienced family law attorney or divorce lawyer in Southern California, but cannot afford to hire an attorney to represent you?  At Wallin & Klarich, we offer limited scope representation services to those clients who cannot financially afford to hire an attorney to represent them in every aspect of their case.  We currently hold offices in Orange CountyLos AngelesSan DiegoRiversideSan Bernardino,West Covina and Victorville. While we do not advise our clients to represent themselves in difficult family law matters, we understand that in these difficult times, hiring an attorney is not always a viable option for everyone.

What is Limited Scope Representation

Limited scope representation[i], also known as “unbundled legal services,” allows you to hire an attorney to perform very specific duties in your family law case.  By offering limited scope representation in Southern California, our experienced family law attorneys and divorce lawyers make it possible for our clients to receive necessary legal assistance, without going into debt.  Our attorneys offer the following limited scope representation services:

1)      Legal consultations

2)      Document preparation

3)      Document review

4)      Limited scope court appearances

It is important to note, that although we offer these limited scope representation services in Southern California, these services may not be effective in some cases.  If your legal issue is more complex, or you are going through very contentious litigation, it may not be in your best interest to take advantage of “unbundled legal services.”  The knowledgeable family law attorneys and divorce lawyers at Wallin & Klarich can help evaluate whether utilizing limited scope representation will be effective in your case.

California Legal Consultations

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Legal consultation is the most common limited scope representation service we provide.

One of the most common services that we offer in Southern California is legal consultations.  A legal consultation is a conference between you and one of our experienced family law attorneys.  Here, you will be able to discuss every aspect of your case, in order to better assist our attorney to understand your legal situation.  Our goal in a legal consultation is, at a minimum, to assist you in making an informed decision regarding the next step in your legal issue.  A legal consultation will also help you to determine your legal rights and options in connection with your legal issue, so that you are aware of all of the potential consequences of your actions.

A consultation will also assist our attorneys in determining whether our other limited scope representation services are a good fit for you.  Family law matters can be very complex and whether we can offer you our other unbundled legal service options will depend on the specific facts of your case.  It is important to note that we do not recommend that anyone pursue their family law matters without hiring an experienced family lawyer or divorce attorney to represent them.

Legal Document Preparation

Preparing legal documents on your own can be a daunting task.  Without knowledge of the family court’s local rules and procedures, you could attempt to submit your documents multiple times without success.  In some cases, we may be able to assist you in preparing your legal documents, so that the precise language necessary is used and your documents are drafted correctly the first time.  Depending on the facts of your case, we offer document preparation services in the following areas of family law:

1)      Divorces

2)      Legal Separations[ii]

3)      Annulments

4)      Guardianship cases

5)      Paternity cases

6)      Modification of child custody and visitation cases

7)      Modification of child and spousal support cases[iii]

8)      Restraining order cases

Document preparation is an unbundled legal service that may not be appropriate in every case.  Our Southern California divorce attorneys will evaluate your case and determine whether document preparation is in your best interest.  Many family law matters are very complex and require the knowledge and skill of an experienced family law attorney.

Document Review

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Need help with your legal documents? Let us help.

If you have been served with a summons or a notice to appear in court in your family law case, you should consult with a family law attorney immediately.  The document review service is very much like the legal consultation service that we provide.  Our experienced divorce lawyers will review any court documents that you bring to us and explain their legal significance to you and determine the next course of action you need to take to ensure that your legal rights are protected.  By explaining the legal significance of these documents, we will be able to assist you in determining whether we can offer some of our other “unbundled legal services” to you.

Limited Scope Southern California Court Appearances

If you cannot afford an attorney for full scope representation, we may be able to appear on your behalf for one or more court hearings in Southern California, depending on the facts of your case.  Our experienced family law attorneys offer limited scope representation for a single specified courtroom issue or event.  If you would like one of our divorce attorneys to appear at multiple hearings, you would have to hire our law firm for full scope representation in your family law case.

Our court appearance unbundled legal service may include coaching with regards to your court hearing and contact with opposing counsel, if necessary.  Our involvement in your case will depend on the facts of your case, and whether we believe that limited scope representation is in your best interest.

Bundling of Limited Scope Representation Services

Depending on the facts of your case, you may require more than one of our limited scope representation services.  If after an initial consultation, one of our experienced family law attorneys determines that your case could benefit from multiple forms of limited scope representation, our attorney will suggest that you retain our office to handle multiple services.  Our attorneys want to ensure that your case is handled in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

Limited Scope Representation Attorney in Southern California

All family law cases can turn complex at a moments notice.  Thus, it is important that you consult with a family law attorney who has experience in handling limited scope representation in family law cases to evaluate your specific situation and determine whether you need to hire an attorney to handle your entire case.  Wallin & Klarich has been handling limited scope representation or unbundled legal service issues for more than 30 years.  You can rely on the experienced Wallin & Klarich divorce attorneys to fight to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

With offices in Orange CountyLos AngelesSan DiegoRiversideSan Bernardino,West Covina and Victorville. there is a Wallin & Klarich family law attorney available wherever you happen to live.  To speak with an experienced California divorce lawyer today, please call us at (888) 749-7428.  We will be there when you call.


[i] Information on Limited Scope Representation retrieved from http://www.courts.ca.gov/1085.htm

[ii] Information on Legal Separation retrieved from http://www.occourts.org/forms/local/l1133.pdf

[iii] Information on Spousal and Child Support Modification retrieved from http://www2.courtinfo.ca.gov/protem/pubs/bg201.pdf


Disclaimer: The Law offices of Wallin and Klarich and our attorneys serve clients for legal matters in Southern California locations only. Our experience limits us to provide expert legal services to prospective clients who reside or hold cases in or nearby the following areas/counties: Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina, and Victorville. Our firm does not have jurisdiction to serve clients outside of California, nor areas outside of the above mentioned locations. All prospective clients outside of these locations will be referred out to our legal sources. The Law offices of Wallin and Klarich handle only criminal and family matters. Any civil, corporate, immigration, personal injury or any other legal matter that does not constitute criminal or family law matters will not be considered. All non-criminal and non-family law matters will be referred out to our professional legal sources.

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