Oakland, CA asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for California

Q: Can I pay a attorney to write a letter of demand for me on my behalf?

Can I pay an attorney to write a letter of demand for a settlement on my behalf, without him being my attorney? I wish to represent myself, but I need it professionally written.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Yes, you can hire an attorney to write a letter of demand for you on your behalf, even if you do not intend to retain them as your ongoing legal counsel. This is commonly referred to as "limited scope representation" or "unbundled legal services."

Under limited scope representation, you can hire an attorney to perform specific legal tasks, such as drafting a letter or legal document, without hiring them to represent you in your entire legal matter. This can be a cost-effective option for those who want to represent themselves in a legal matter but need assistance with certain legal tasks.

When hiring an attorney for limited scope representation, it is important to clearly outline the scope of the representation in a written agreement or engagement letter. This should include the specific task(s) the attorney will perform, the fees and payment structure, and any other terms or conditions of the agreement.

It is recommended to consult with a licensed attorney in your area who specializes in the relevant legal matter and who offers limited scope representation to ensure that your letter of demand is professionally written and effective in achieving your desired outcome.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: You could search for law firms to handle the letter, making it clear that you are seeking representation only on this limited basis. Your retainer should outline the exact scope of such a representation arrangement. Good luck

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