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Divorce With Limited Scope Representation

Limited Scope Representation, also referred to as Legal Coaching, is an affordable way for individuals to represent themselves while working with an attorney whose experience, guidance and knowledge helps ensure that their rights are protected, they have the information needed to make good choices, and the confidence to navigate through what can be a complex and intimidating court system.

Working toward a positive and cost effective resolution to their legal matter, Legal Coaching reduces the exorbitant costs associated with retaining an attorney who takes full ownership of their case and removes a lot of the fear and uncertainty associated with not having an attorney to represent them. Legal Coaching is a way for all self-represented parties to get the legal advice and guidance needed to arrive in court prepared with proper paperwork and realistic expectations.

Working as a team, clients and limited scope lawyers determine the steps necessary to prepare their case and move it through the system both properly and efficiently in terms of time and cost. Individuals who are committed to reducing their legal fees decide the extent and degree of my involvement, and their case and the costs and fees involved remain in their control at all times.

The latest statistics in the State of Connecticut indicate that due to the recession and increasing hourly rates charged by lawyers a significant number of people are entering the family courts without an attorney. The high cost of legal services, coupled with the dire economic times, is pricing many people out of traditional retainer-based legal services and driving them into the courts on a "pro se" basis, meaning appearing in court on their own behalf. Pro se litigants now comprise more than fifty percent of the family court docket. According to judges, lawyers and courthouse officials across the country, clerks are spending more and more time assisting parties who are unfamiliar with court forms and procedures further taxing an already burdened court system.

Pro se parties are not just people who fall into a low income bracket but also include middle class litigants who are experiencing unfavorable economic conditions and are unable to afford a traditional full-service family attorney. However many pro se litigants include independent-minded consumers of legal services who demand more control over their case than the traditional model affords. For many individuals who have been negatively impacted by the downturn of the economy, self-representation today is not a choice, it is a necessity.

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