Back in January, BC lawyers received a host of new resources supporting unbundled legal service. Our organization helped launch the Family Law Unbundling Roster along with a toolkit for lawyers explaining why they should join. Unbundling is well described here.
Since then, conversations and buzz about unbundling has been doing the rounds here in BC and elsewhere:
- The BC Law Society officially encouraged the provision of limited scope services, and debunked concerns that unbundled legal services has any correlation to increased complaints.
- Former Ontario court chief justice Annemarie Bonkalo released her report (“Family Legal Services Review“) in March recommending more education on unbundled services.
- The BC Provincial Court held its second ever Twitter Town Hall that featured a healthy amount of discussion around unbundling.
— BC Provincial Court (@BCProvCourt) April 6, 2017
Over 90 BC lawyers and legal professionals are now part of the BC Family Unbundling Roster, and those who’ve supported the initiative are interested in learning what the impacts have been.
Call to action for providers and consumers of unbundled legal services in BC — Due May 31, 2017.
If you’ve recently provided unbundled legal services in BC, please consider this invitation from Kari Boyle (who’s championed the project to date):
[W]e invite you to take a few minutes to complete a confidential, online survey specially designed for family lawyers offering unbundled (and legal coaching) services. We know that there have been a LOT of survey requests recently but we really hope that you will take this important step. Your feedback is critical in building the future of this approach.
👉 This is the link to the family lawyer survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Unbundled_Services_Lawyers
If you are (or know of) someone who’s used unbundled legal services in their family law matter, please consider taking (or sharing) this survey:
👉 This is the link for clients: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/unbundled_family_legal_services
— Nate Russell is a liaison lawyer with Courthouse Libraries BC. Find him on Twitter @nrusse.