Limited Scope Representation for Family Law Matters

Limited Scope Representation provides clients with flexibility when hiring an attorney. Limited scope representation is also known as “à la carte” or “unbundled” representation and allows a client to hire an attorney to represent them for specific or limited issues.

In a divorce case, limited scope representation allows divorcing spouses to proceed without the need to hire an attorney to handle the entire case. They can choose to handle the matter themselves and only hire an attorney if a difficult issue arises.

Attorney Stacy Schlemmer recognizes that clients may have differing needs in a family law case. Whether she is representing you for the whole of your case or helping you address a thorny issue, she is ready to help you on your path to divorce.

Benefits of Limited Scope Representation

No two divorce cases are the same. Some cases need an attorney’s guidance through each step of the process. However, there are certain cases in which the divorcing spouses can handle the process themselves, otherwise known as pro se.

However, a pro se spouse may wish to contact an attorney to review financial information, fill out paperwork or provide legal advice. In this 
case, a limited scope representation would be beneficial. 

Is Limited Scope Representation for You?

In a straightforward divorce case, including those without children or many assets, limited representation is likely to work well. However, if your case is more involved, with child custody, support, and other issues, you may benefit from a beginning to end representation.

For example, if you hire an attorney in a limited capacity to represent you solely for a child custody hearing there is a possibility that further discussions or hearings may be required. Under the limited capacity, your attorney’s representation is completed. If the issue still persists or additional legal advice is needed, you will need to negotiate further representation with your attorney.

An experienced family law attorney will be able to advise you on what type of representation would be best in your case.

The Process of Limited Scope Representation

As with all legal representation, the process begins with a client agreement. The client agreement lays out the scope of the representation, and the tasks the attorney and client must complete.

The client agreement will also outline the legal fees which will need to be paid for the representation. The attorney may require a advance fee or may charge hourly fees.

Once the attorney has completed the agreed-upon representation, they will withdraw from your case. If additional help is needed, your attorney will draw up a new client agreement with the new tasks they have been hired to perform.

Limited Scope Representation by an Experienced Attorney in Green Bay, WI

If you require legal assistance in a divorce case, Attorney Stacy Schlemmer can provide you with skilled advice and representation. No matter the scope of your representation, she will make sure you understand and are comfortable with the entire process. When you are ready to begin your divorce journey, contact us.

LIMITED SCOPE FAMILY LAW OPTIONS

Divorce Pleadings — $1,000.00 

Includes: 

  • Drafting joint petition or summons, petition, order to show cause, and affidavit based upon questionnaire responses from client, with unlimited edits 
  • Copies of pleadings to client for filing with court 
  • Up to one hour of meeting time with a family law attorney for legal questions and strategy session, discussion of next steps and requirements for filing of documents, service on opposing party, etc. (meetings are scheduled for minimum of one-hour increments) 
  • Copy of relevant statutes related to custody, placement and child support for use with negotiations and hearings 
  • Copy of relevant statutes related to property division for use with negotiations and hearings 
  • Flowchart showing the required/expected steps throughout divorce process

Motion to Establish Orders in a Paternity Case When Paternity has Already Been Established, including Affidavit — $1,500.00 

Includes: 

  • Draft pleadings based upon questionnaire responses from client, with unlimited edits 
  • Copies of pleadings to client for filing with court 
  • Up to 1 hour of meeting time with a family law attorney for legal questions and strategy session, discussion of next steps and requirements for filing of documents, service on opposing party, etc. (meetings are scheduled for minimum of one-hour increments) 
  • Copy of relevant statutes related to custody, placement and child support for use with negotiations and hearings

Stipulation and Order for Post-Divorce or Post-Paternity Cases –$1,500.00 

Includes: 

  • Draft Stipulation and Order based upon questionnaire responses and prior court orders/documentation from client, with unlimited edits 
  • Up to 1 hour of meeting time with family law attorney for legal questions and strategy session, discussion of next steps and requirements for filing of documents, service on opposing party, etc. (meetings are scheduled for minimum of one-hour increments) 
  • Copy of relevant statutes related to custody, placement and child support for use with negotiations and hearings 
  • Flowchart showing the required/expected steps throughout court motion process

Marital Settlement Agreement – with children $3,500, without children $3,000 

Includes: 

  • Create Marital Settlement Agreement with client based upon questionnaire responses and Property Division Worksheet responses provided by client (does not include the creation of Property Division Worksheet), with unlimited edits  
  • Up to two hours of meeting time with family law attorney for legal questions and strategy session (meetings are scheduled for minimum of one-hour increments) 
  • Copy of relevant statutes related to custody, placement and child support for use with negotiations and hearings, if applicable 
  • Copy of relevant statutes related to property division for use with negotiations and hearings, if applicable 
  • Flowchart showing the required/expected steps throughout divorce process 
  • Assistance with Financial Disclosure Statement creation and edits, add $1,000.00 
  • Assistance with Property Division Worksheet creation and edits, add $1,000.00.

Child Support Calculations–$1,000.00 

Includes: 

  • Obtaining information from client to prepare calculations 
  • Prepare calculations with options discussed with client 
  • Up to 1 hour of meeting time with family law attorney (meetings are scheduled for minimum of one-hour increments) 
  • Copy of the relevant statutes related to child support for use with negotiations and hearings 
  • Flowchart showing the required/expected steps throughout divorce process (if applicable) 
  • Flowchart showing the required/expected steps throughout Post-Judgment Motion to Modify Child Support process (if applicable) 
  • Assistance with Financial Disclosure Statement for Divorce creation and edits, add $1,000.00 
  • Assistance with Financial Disclosure Statement for Paternity and Post-Judgment Matters, add $750.00 

Maintenance Calculations –$1,000.00 

Includes: 

  • Obtain information from client to prepare calculations, including buyout options if requested 
  • Prepare calculations with options to be provided to client  
  • Up to one hour of meeting time with family law attorney (meetings are scheduled for minimum of one-hour increments) 
  • Copy of the relevant statutes related to maintenance for use with negotiations and hearings 
  • Flowchart showing the required/expected steps throughout divorce process (if applicable) 
  • Assistance with Financial Disclosure Statement for Divorce creation and edits, add $1,000.00 

Financial Disclosure Statement for Divorce –$1,000.00 

Includes:  

  • Obtaining information from client to calculate income and deductions 
  • Obtaining documentation from client to complete assets and debts sections of Financial Disclosure Statement 
  • Typed Financial Disclosure Statement to use with negotiations and for hearings 
  • Up to one hour of meeting time with family law attorney for legal questions and strategy session (meetings are scheduled for minimum of one-hour increments) 
  • Copy of the relevant statutes related to income for use with negotiations and hearings 

Financial Disclosure Statement for Paternity and Post-Judgment Matters–$700.00 

Includes: 

  • Obtaining information from client to calculate income and deductions for Financial Disclosure Statement 
  • Typed Financial Disclosure Statement to use with negotiations and for hearings 
  • Up to one hour of meeting time with Attorney Schlemmer for legal questions and strategy session (meetings are scheduled for minimum of one-hour increments) 
  • Copy of the relevant statutes related to income for use with negotiations and hearings 

Property Division Worksheet for Divorce –$1,000.00 

Includes: 

  • Obtaining information from client to calculate income and deductions 
  • Obtaining documentation from client to complete assets and debts sections of Property Division Worksheet 
  • Typed Property Division Worksheet to use with negotiations and for hearings 
  • Up to one hour of meeting time with family law attorney for legal questions and strategy session (meetings are scheduled for minimum of one-hour increments) 
  • Copy of the relevant statutes related to property considerations with divorce for use with negotiations and hearings 

Limited Scope Motion Draft Review/Proposed Agreement Review/Strategy Session –$1,500 

Includes: 

  • Obtaining and reviewing copy of proposed motion draft/proposed agreement draft from client 
  • Suggested edits to proposed agreement  
  • Up to one hour of meeting time with family law attorney for legal questions and strategy session related to the same legal matter as the proposed agreement or draft motion paperwork being reviewed (meetings are scheduled for minimum of one-hour increments) 
  • Copy of the relevant statutes related to the custody/placement/child support/maintenance issues included in the drafted motion or drafted agreement 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The flat fee for the requested service is due in full at the time of signing the Legal Services Agreement. The Legal Services Agreement must be signed by the client and attorney prior to Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.’s engagement of services.