Self Representation Assistance

During the tough economic climate of the last couple of years, people’s needs for legal services have increased tremendously. Unfortunately, their ability to pay for lawyers has drastically diminished. While those below the poverty level are able to qualify for free legal advice, middle class clients who are barely able to pay their everyday bills are finding themselves in a predicament where they have to completely drain their limited financial resources if they need to hire an attorney to represent them in a traditional litigation. Particularly in family law cases in New York, people usually pay a hefty advance retainer in order to start a case. While most clients don’t feel confident enough to represent themselves in court, they don’t have the financial resources to hire an attorney and pay tens of thousands of dollars right away.

At the Law Firm and Mediation Practice of Alla Roytberg, P.C., experienced attorneys are willing to offer reasonably priced legal advice. They meet with clients for concrete consultations and help them prepare documents through the “unbundled or limited scope services” model. In this model the lawyer is not really retained to represent the client from start to finish, but is retained for a specific limited task:  to counsel a client who is representing himself or herself during a court case, to prepare a specific document, or to respond to a specific letter.

Our Self Representation Assistance Services

  • Offering legal advice and information during a consultation
  • Coaching clients on how to negotiate with other parties
  • Coaching clients on what to expect and how to behave in court
  • Helping draft an answer or complaint, without a full representation retainer
  • Preparing discovery documents in a litigation case or a motion
  • Appearing in court in a limited capacity

Rather than being retained to handle the entire “bundle” of a case, the Law Firm and Mediation Practice of Alla Roytberg, P.C. offers clients an opportunity to “unbundle” the service and only seek assistance for a certain portion of it. The client saves a lot of money by being able to get the benefit of the lawyer’s advice and then do his or her own work, instead of just sitting back and having the lawyer handle all of it. While this approach is not a panacea for all types of cases, it does provide some people with an effective method of obtaining competent legal help.

For a consultation, contact us. Our offices are open Monday through Friday, from 9 am until 6 pm; Sundays and evenings by appointment. We accept Visa,  MasterCard and payments by PayPal.