Traditional family law service is where a client delivers their case to a lawyer to handle and pays an hourly rate for the lawyer to do their thing. The lawyer and client enter into a “retainer agreement” for the lawyer’s services and the lawyer asks for a lump sum of money, also called a “retainer”, to be paid in advance before any work is done.
Generally, no lawyer can accurately predict what the total cost will be because they don’t know what complications the other side will create, what unexpected things will arise, and when the matter will be reached in court – or even how many times you’ll need to go to court.
Unbundled services are where the client hires the lawyer to do just a part of what they might normally do. The lawyer and client enter into a “limited scope retainer” agreement for the lawyer to do only what the agreement says. And normally the lawyer will charge at their hourly rate – although some may be willing to negotiate a fixed fee – and ask for a lump sum, or retainer, to be paid up front.
The Family Law Coach lawyers operate under a different type of limited scope retainer and they charge differently. This page discusses what the normal unbundled services and limited scope retainers are and what The Family Law Coach unbundled service and limited scope retainer are.