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Limited-Scope Attorney Services Approved by Illinois Supreme Court

In June, the Illinois Supreme Court made some major changes to three rules.  These changes will allow attorneys at their option and upon agreement with clients to provide “limited-scope” representation.

Attorneys always used to say “in for a penny, in for a pound” meaning that once you hired an attorney, they were responsible for everything.  You were receiving full service or no service.  The new rules provide an alternative.

What does this mean for clients in divorce?  I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen attorneys withdraw from representation for non-payment, client’s walk out of an initial interview concluding they simply cannot afford representation, or person’s of limited means trying to muddle through the court system with no help.  Pro-bono services are only available for the most extreme of cases.

Limited-scope representation means there is now an alternative for those who cannot afford an attorney, but cannot afford not to have an attorney.  Pro-se litigants can get help with the technical aspects of their case without having to pay an attorney for every little task.

As for me, I’m excited about this change and hope to be on the forefront of developing a do it yourself divorce with attorney assistance program.  Check out my Woodstock Illinois divorce lawyer website for more information on do it yourself divorces and limited scope representations.

For more information, see this article by the Illinois State Bar Association.  http://iln.isba.org/blog/2013/06/14/illinois-supreme-court-amends-rules-allowing-limited-scope-representation