This Project is an initiative of local Alberta lawyers aimed at providing Albertans with access to the legal services they want, when they want them, at a price they can afford. You can find information about this Project and participating lawyers at http://albertalegalservices.com.
This Project connects Albertans with lawyers who will help with just part of the case, not all of it. Limited legal services include:
Limited legal services are sometimes called limited scope retainers and unbundled legal services.
Lawyers are usually hired by clients to take a case from the beginning to the end, which can get expensive. When you hire a lawyer to provide a limited legal service, you’re hiring the lawyer to perform a specific task or do just part of your case.
For example, in a family law case, a lawyer can give you advice about what is likely to happen if your case goes to trial or explain the law about parenting time with children, child support, spousal support or division of assets and debts. A lawyer could help you make an application for child support or help you write a separation agreement or get you divorced.
Not every kind of legal problem can be handled like this. It is generally very difficult for a lawyer to run a trial, for example, unless the lawyer has been involved in the steps leading up to trial. The lawyer you talk to will tell you if the sort of service you would like her to perform is one that can be done on its own.
When you have a legal problem it is best to take action as soon as you have identified your problem. Get the information you need right away as this will help keep small problems from growing big. Friends and family can be great supports and may not know much about the law. Legal advice and information about many different issues can help you to make better, more informed decisions.
Legal advice can help you with relationships:
Legal advice can help with money matters:
Legal advice can help with conflicts:
The Alberta Limited Legal Services Project is a great place to start. Take the first step. Ask.