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Monday, March 22, 2010

Chief Justices Encourage Use of Unbundled Legal Services (The Civil Lawyer Online offers these services)

In an article published January 1, 2010, the Chief Justice of California and the Chief Justice of New Hampshire made strong statements in support of lawyers providing 'unbundled' legal services.  The Chief Justices explained that unbundled legal services are when "people or businesses can hire a lawyer on a limited basis to help them fill out forms, to prepare documents, to coach them on how to present in court or to appear in court for one or two hearings."  Both Florida and North Carolina allow these types of unbundled legal services.

These two Chief Justices emphasized the importance of closing the "justice gap" (between those who can afford justice and those who can't), including the use of unbundled legal services.