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Limited Scope Representation

Limited scope representation or "unbundled legal services" is becoming more prevalent as an affordable alternative to traditional representation.

Consumer Information on Limited Scope Representation

It is always best to have an attorney represent you. The standard model for handling legal disputes was to hire a lawyer to "take your case." The lawyer you hired took care of everything from drafting the initial demand letter, through court filings, and trial. This full service representation is time consuming for the attorney and therefore expensive for the client.

If you can't afford or do not want full representation, limited scope representation may be a good option to look into. In this model, you hire an attorney for assistance with a specific task involved in your case and you follow through, acting as your own attorney in court.

This concept is fairly new in Texas, so there are not many resources yet. This guide will be updated with additional consumer information as it becomes available.

Find Limited Scope Services

At this time, the Library is not aware of any comprehensive list of attorneys who offer limited scope/unbundled legal services in Texas. You may need to contact your local bar association or call around to different legal firms in your area to find an attorney who offers this type of arrangement.

Legal Research Guides from the Texas State Law Library

The Texas State Law Library reference librarians have compiled legal research guides for specific areas of the law. These guides contain resources that can help you research a legal issue. The American Association of Law Libraries has a guide for Non-Lawyers on How to Research a Legal Problem [PDF]. If you have any questions, please contact us at (512) 463-1722 or at


The information provided on this page has been prepared for general information purposes only and should not be construed as, nor substituted for, legal advice. It is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney for advice specific to your fact situation. Your local bar association or the State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service (1-800-252-9690) can assist you with locating an attorney.

Some of the electronic resources we refer to in this guide may be in PDF format. Adobe Reader or similar software is required to view PDFs.