Full Service vs. Ala Carte Legal Services – Which May Be Right for You?

There are two approaches you might consider when choosing representation for a divorce case in Georgia. Many attorneys provide full-service representation, handling every aspect of your case from start to finish. There is no doubt that your interests are best protected with full-service representation. The investment you make now in legal representation could very likely save you tens of thousands of dollars in the future. This is especially true in more complex circumstances, such as when substantial assets are at stake; when custody of minor children is being disputed; if you or your spouse own a business, received an inheritance, or have pension plans, retirement accounts or other investments. An attorney with specialized experience in these area will be able to address the complications that may arise and negotiate a more equitable agreement for you. For some people, however, the costs involved may seem prohibitive. To address this issue, ala carte services were introduced. Some lawyers will agree to represent you on a limited basis, handling only those services you require. The American Bar Association recognized the benefit of unbundled services in response to the rise in pro se litigation. When people attempt to represent themselves, their limited understanding of court procedures and of their rights under family law often put them at a disadvantage. Unbundled services provide much-needed assistance at an affordable cost. If you cannot afford full representation, your interests will be far better served and your outcome more successful by using unbundled services rather than handling the case on your own. At the very least, invest in a consultation with a limited scope attorney before taking any action. He or she can offer advice, suggest issues of which you were not aware, and point out any disadvantages or risks in the course you intend to follow. Limited scope attorneys can also assist you with specific issues or limited actions. You might choose to hire an attorney to prepare documentation, for example, or to assist you in filing a motion related to one particular issue. Until recently, the concept of ala carte legal services was highly debated. While some experts felt the practice offered a benefit to those of limited means, others questioned the worth of limited representation. However, after careful and lengthy study, the American Bar Association deemed that limited scope assistance restore justice to a great many people who need legal services. The McLeod Law Firm, P.C. provides quality legal representation for divorce, criminal law, business litigation and civil litigation across North Georgia including Hall County: Clermont, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Lula, Murrayville, and Oakwood; Banks County: Gillsville, Homer, Maysville, and Commerce; Barrow County: Winder; Dawson CountyDawsonville; Forsyth County: Cumming; Gwinnett County:Buford; White County: Cleveland and Helen; Lumpkin County: Dahlonega; Habersham County: Baldwin, Clarkesville, Cornelia and Demorest; Jackson County: Jefferson, Braselton, Hoschton, Pendergrass and Talmo, GA.