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The Ontario Family Law Limited Scope Services Project’s aim is to improve access to family justice for middle and lower income Ontarians by increasing the use of limited scope retainers, legal coaching and summary legal counsel in family law matters.

This project is funded by a grant from The Law Foundation of Ontario.

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There has been a significant increase in the number of self-represented family litigants, with one or both parties now appearing in court without a lawyer in over half of family law cases. Although many self-represented litigants do an effective job in court on their own, proceeding without legal assistance has significant potential negative impacts.

Family law limited scope services, also known as “unbundled” legal services, provide an innovative option between full representation and no representation at all. Under a limited scope retainer, also known as an “unbundling” agreement, a lawyer provides services for part, but not all, of a client’s legal matter.

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Information for Lawyers

Information and resource links for Ontario family law lawyers.

We’ve compiled various articles, forms and links which are important to lawyers providing family law limited scope services in the province of Ontario. You can also add your name, contact information and practice details to our online directory.

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Lawyer Directory

Search our online database of Ontario family law lawyers providing limited scope services.

Find an Ontario lawyer who can provide legal services for part, but not all, of your family law matter. This is an affordable option if you don’t qualify for legal aid, can’t afford a lawyer for your entire matter, or might otherwise choose to represent yourself.

Information for Clients

Get information on limited scope services for family law matters in Ontario.

If you’re dealing with a family law matter, find out whether limited scope services are right for you. These legal services may be significantly less expensive because parties pay for assistance from a lawyer who is only retained to do specific tasks.

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FAQ’s

How can I get added to the online directory?2018-09-07T14:36:35+00:00

It’s easy to get added to our online directory of Ontario family law lawyers offering limited scope services.

Click here to find out how.

Where can I find information on offering limited scope services to my clients?2018-09-07T14:38:29+00:00

This website includes several articles and links to websites specifically to assist Ontario family law lawyers.

View our Info for Lawyers page

Can I download forms and agreements from this website?2018-09-07T14:34:08+00:00

Yes you can. We’ve included various forms and agreements in PDF format that you may download and use with your clients.

You’ll find these documents on our Info for Lawyers page.

What are Limited Scope Services?2018-09-07T14:32:25+00:00

A lawyer performs discrete tasks for a client, and the client handles other matters that, in a full service retainer, would form part of the services the lawyer would provide.

To more information, read our Limited Scope Services FAQ’s.

How can I find a lawyer offering limited scope services?2018-09-07T14:21:28+00:00

There are many family law lawyers across Ontario that offer their clients limited scope services.

To start your search for a lawyer you can search our online directory.

Are the lawyers in the Directory the only lawyers who provide limited scope services in Ontario?2018-09-18T11:15:50+00:00

No.  You are not restricted to the lawyers in the Directory. These lawyers have completed the Project’s training course on Family Law Limited Scope Services and have met the Project’s minimum practice requirements in order to be added to the Directory.  Other lawyers may be prepared to provide limited scope services.

Can you give some tips on how to proceed?2018-09-18T11:15:59+00:00

We are continually adding more helpful documents and links to this website to assist you.

The best place to begin is to have a look at our Info for Clients page.

Thank you for visiting the Ontario’s Family Law Limited Scope Services Project website.

The Ontario Family Law Limited Scope Services Project’s aim is to improve access to family justice for middle and lower income Ontarians by increasing the use of limited scope retainers, legal coaching and summary legal counsel in family law cases.

The Project facilitates access to and use of these services through the creation of this website hosting a province-wide roster of trained lawyers willing and able to provide such services. Prospective clients are able to search this website by location, type of service and service provider.

Please direct any questions, comments or concerns to Helena Birt at info@FamilyLawLSS.ca