Limited Assistance Representation (or “LAR”) allows an attorney to make a limited appearance on behalf of an unrepresented party for a specific purpose. It allows them to “ghost write” court documents for you. It allows them to negotiate on your behalf or advise you without full representation in court. LAR can help cut your legal costs by “unbundling” the services provided by a lawyer.
LAR encompasses a range of attorney-client relationships where the attorney handles part, but not all, of a legal matter. It can include everything from the traditional lawyer's role of rendering advice and counsel, to assistance with drafting of pleadings, to situations where the attorney actually appears in court for part of a legal proceeding. Each limited assistance arrangement is different, and is tailored depending on the complexity of the legal and factual issues presented, your ability to represent yourself, and by the professional judgment of the attorney regarding which parts of a case may be effectively segregated and reassigned.