An A-Ha Moment: The Emergence of Unbundled Legal Services

by Joseph Walsh on April 29, 2011 · 1 comment

in Large law firm issues, connected,Practice Management,Small law firm/solo practice issues

I’m a child of the 1980s. I grew up with Atari, ALF, Mr. T and The Smurfs. Then there was the music. Amidst the launch of MTV, the 80s produced some memorable (or is it hard to forget?) music. My favorite song from this decade is a-ha’s “Take on Me.” No doubt, you know the song. You also probably have seen the animated video, which was considered way ahead of its time. I loved a-ha. In fact, I made my parents buy me the group’s first album, Hunting High and Low, which featured “Take on Me.” Guess what? The rest of the album was a letdown, and soon the one-hit wonder known as a-ha drifted into pop culture history.         

The one-hit wonder problem eventually was solved when Apple started to sell individual songs digitally instead of making consumers buy entire albums. A similar change now is coming to the legal industry in the form of unbundled legal services, a form of legal services in which the lawyer breaks down the tasks associated with a legal matter and only provides representation to the client pertaining to a portion of their legal needs. The client then accepts responsibility for doing the footwork for the remainder of their legal matter until it is completed.

To make sure legal professionals better understand the ramifications of unbundled legal services, which also can be called limited scope representation or discrete task representation, Connected is in the midst of hosting an Unbundling Legal Services event. We are fortunate to have Stephanie Kimbro, author of the new eBook, Serving the DIY Client: A Guide to Unbundling Legal Services for the Private Practitioner, leading the event.

You now can download Stephanie’s new eBook by joining Connected’s Unbundling Legal Services Group. Other great event content found inside the group includes Stephanie’s Law Firm Checklist for Unbundling and Access to Justice: Unbundling Offers the Opportunity to Help by Donna Seyle. You also can listen to Stephanie’s take on whether unbundling will be to the legal industry what iTunes was to the music industry on the latest Connected Lawcast.

As part of our ongoing unbundling event, we’ll be adding additional forums and blogs written by thought leaders to the Unbundling Legal Services Group next week. Be sure to join Connected today to be part of this and future events.

Coming Soon…

The emergence of unbundled legal services is an important issue facing today’s legal professional. So, too, is litigation financing, which has been touted by some as an inventive new way to increase court access to individuals and small companies that do not possess the resources to shoulder the burden of litigation. It also has been derided by others as a commercialization of litigation that should be banned because it is an unethical device that can further choke court dockets.

We hope to settle this debate when we host our upcoming Litigation Financing event. The event will feature a free webinar on Thursday, May 19, at 2:00 pm ET. Webinar panelists will include Milton Regan, Esq., Professor of Law, Co-Director, Center for the Study of the Legal Profession, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.; Anthony Sebok, Esq., Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York; and Richard Fields, Esq., Chief Executive Officers, Juridica Capital Management Ltd., New York.

You can register for the webinar and join Connected today.

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wild cat wrote onAugust 18, 2011 at 7:17 am

Cool post and I liked it man,keep it up.


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