Land Court - Limited Assistance Representation (LAR)
The Land Court is excited to announce the issuance of Standing Order 1-12, Limited Assistance Representation, which becomes effective January 2, 2013. Limited Assistance Representation, or “LAR,” is the unbundling of legal services. It offers litigants the option of hiring an LAR qualified attorney for specific, limited case events as agreed between the attorney and client, instead of the standard full representation on an entire case. With LAR, litigants can engage an attorney for part of the case—a crucial event, like the case management conference or a motion to dismiss—and thereby receive the benefits of legal representation that otherwise may be cost prohibitive.
The Land Court hopes that litigants and attorneys will consider LAR representation. To appear as an LAR attorney, the attorney must be qualified by completing an approved training program. The training is important. It outlines the kinds of discussions and agreements the attorney must have with his/her client to ensure that the client fully understands and agrees to the limited scope of the representation. The Court will be working with the MBA, the BBA, and REBA to create LAR training tailored to Land Court practice, which will, we hope, lead to the establishment of referral lists of qualified attorneys who can take on LAR representation in the Land Court.
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