Unbundling Legal Services: A Toolkit for Court Leadership

Unbundling Legal Services: A Toolkit for Court Leadership

Unbundled legal services, in which a client hires an attorney for agreed-upon discrete tasks, is a partial solution to the access to justice problem in our nation’s courts, and has become increasingly used and accepted in the last several decades. Although unbundled legal services provide more flexibility to a litigant, and is usually far less costly than full service representation, too few attorneys offer it, and too many litigants do not know about it.

Securing access to justice in the court system is a fundamental goal and responsibility of judicial leadership. The support of the courts is absolutely essential in order for unbundled legal services to take hold. Chief justices and chief judges are uniquely positioned to help close the justice gap through hands-on encouragement and support of unbundled legal services within their respective jurisdictions.

This toolkit was compiled by IAALS, in coordination with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), and is designed to provide judicial leaders quick access to information on unbundled legal services and ways to promote its availability and use.

More about this helpful toolkit is available here.

Authored By 
Former Senior Advisor, Honoring Families Initiative
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