Having a hard time finding a lawyer to do limited scope for your divorce? I know sometimes it can seem like finding a needle in a haystack trying to find the right lawyer, especially if you’re looking for a lawyer to do limited scope.
I can hear you asking why from here. The answer is fairly simple: Many people decide on limited scope representation because it saves money and, although they’re getting divorced from their spouse, the two spouses can still manage to act like adults around one another. Limited scope seems like a no-brainer, right?
The reality in many situations like the one just described is that too often the uncontested divorce becomes contested. For one reason or another, no more agreements can be reached and the attorney who took the case as limited scope either has to stick around and represent one party or choose to terminate the limited scope agreement and forever lose any time spent on the case that could’ve been spent helping other clients.
“But there are lawyers who do limited scope representation, right?”
Absolutely. If you want a lawyer to do limited scope representation there are a few things you need to have done or be able to assure the attorney that you’re preparing to do them.
First, have the petition filed (go to texaslawhelp.org or your local law library if you need help with this). If you haven’t filed the petition yet and you’re already talking to an attorney about limited scope, the attorney is going to be scared away because they’re going to expect that you to think you can come to them with every question you have from day zero of the lawsuit for divorce. That simply isn’t what limited scope is. That’s full on representation except you’re possibly doing some of the drafting only after learning what to draft from the attorney.
Next, have all of your paperwork together. Own a house? Have retirement accounts? What about debt? Have all the documentation you need ready to go. If you hired an attorney they would give you this homework early on in the representation because they would need to verify the documents before preparing the final decree. Since you’re representing yourself, make sure you get on this task early so you can let the attorney know that you’re prepared when you meet for you initial consultation.
Finally, have the terms you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse have agreed to written out. This will show that you’ve thought things through and have more than just general ideas about what should happen. It will also give the attorney the chance to review things quickly so they can have you correct the issues early on and keep the process moving.
If you’ve done these things or getting ready to complete them when you’ve got everything ready to go, feel free to contact Kannon about limited scope representation. Kannon is happy to walk through the process with you and assist in getting your divorce finalized.