Unbundled services and limited-scope representation are similar terms for breaking up legal representation into bite-sized chunks. A client might hire a lawyer to draft a complaint, but sign it, serve it, and file it themselves. Or they might hire a lawyer to prepare them for negotiation or a hearing. A client might hire you to explain a contract or help them draft discovery responses. Or argue a motion for them, but not the rest of the case.
There are many examples. The bottom line is that unbundled services can be a way to create a win-win for attorney and client. The client pays less, gets less—but just what they need—and everyone is happy.
There are obviously some risks to manage when unbundling, but they can be managed.
This weekend, consider the various services you perform for clients and identify at least one service you could do without signing a full-representation agreement.
If you cannot come up with a single unbundled service, you aren’t trying hard enough. Almost any legal service can be unbundled. Of course, that doesn’t mean every legal service should be unbundled. But you won’t know until you try it out as a thought experiment.