Unbundling Legal Services For Pro Se Litigants

Pro Se divorce litigants are increasing common in family courts, approaching 70% of cases in some areas. The Jefferson County Kentucky Family Court and Louisville Bar Association are assembling forms for these litigants to use. Law.com reports that two Massachusetts family courts are experimenting with lawyers providing limited representation. "Litigants who might have appeared before the court pro se now have the opportunity for limited representation, or unbundled legal services. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts issued an order in the Hampden and Suffolk divisions of the Probate and Family Court allowing lawyers to represent clients on a limited or one-time basis rather than throughout an entire case." Sounds like a promising solution to the courts being overwhelmed with unrepresented litigants.