Limited Scope Representation is not a Time to Play Fast and Loose with the Rules

Let’s review the basics. ABA Model Rule 1.2 (c) allows a lawyer to limit the scope of the representation if the limitation is reasonable under the circumstances and the client gives informed consent. In those jurisdictions that have adopted similar language, many have added a requirement that informed consent be confirmed in writing. Now as a risk guy, I like that writing requirement regardless. There are just too many word and word disputes in the world of malpractice and discipline.

Speaking personally, I’m one who believes that the movement toward limited scope representation has been a good thing and long overdue. Speaking professionally, however, I need to share a caution. Find out what that caution is.

How to Work With Freelance Lawyers, Part 2: Communication is Key to Effective Delegation

Last month, we discussed how to decide what to delegate to a freelance lawyer. Once you’ve made that decision and found a freelance lawyer to work with, it’s time to actually delegate the work.

Communication is the key to a successful engagement, and to building a productive ongoing working relationship with a freelance lawyer. What else will make your relationship profitable?

How Do You Address the Burdens of Running a Law Firm?

Putting bills together, invoicing, and tracking down payments can all take a serious toll on an attorney – costing them significant time, money, and other resources. If you look at an average attorney’s receivables, it can be anywhere from 30 to 90 days before they get paid for work they’ve already done. Such an inconsistent and unpredictable cash flow makes it incredibly difficult to run, let alone grow, a successful firm. How does a busy solo address this?

How to Work With Freelance Lawyers, Part 1: Deciding What to Delegate

You’re up to your eyeballs in work, spending late nights and weekends at the office. You know that working with a freelance lawyer can help you avoid burning out and increase your firm’s profitability, but you don’t know how to get started.

As the King of Hearts said in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: “Begin at the beginning.” For our purposes, the beginning is deciding what to delegate.

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