During the training, Woody provided a number of examples of different unbundling models that professionals use in their practices around North America. Here are some examples:
- In Des Moines, Iowa, The Law Shop’s lawyers have created a successful model offering flat fee case evaluations and unbundled services, which they refer to as “customized client services.”
- Brian Burke in Santa Barbara, CA exclusively offers client education sessions and referrals.
- In Victoria, BC and Duncan BC, Alinea Legal Coaching offer services such as flat fee strategy packages, agreement coaching packages and negotiation support, as well as ‘phone-a-coach’, ‘email-a-coach’ and ‘meet-a-coach’ options.
- In Toronto, Ontario, Lisa Eisen offers limited scope services and legal coaching through her firm, Family Law: A La Carte
- In Northern California, Hello Divorce offers flat fees and unbundled options
- Levitt Quinn in Los Angeles, CA is a non-profit family law centre that provides affordable legal services based on a sliding scale.
- Legal Grind in Santa Monica, CA is a coffee shop where people can receive legal advice and listen to presentations from various legal professionals.
- Gevutrz Menache & Howe in Portland, OR is a large family law firm that provides limited scope work.
- In Toronto, Ontario, Joel Miller offers coaching and unbundled services through The Family Law Coach.
- Maryland’s MD FamilyLawer.com offers online, fixed fee legal services
- In Toronto, Ontario, multidisciplinary teams previously offered information sessions under the name, The Neutral Zone.
Lawyers in British Columbia can use the Family Law Unbundling Toolkit’s resources and templates to build their unbundling practice. More information is available on the Law Society of BC’s website and and the People’s Law School’s Unbundled Legal Services website. There is a Facebook group for lawyers who offer unbundling services.
Posted by: Jenny Woodruff, Collaborative Family Lawyer