Florida Family Law Notice of Limited Appearance

Florida Family Law Notice of Limited Appearance

Florida Family Law Notice of Limited Appearance

Often, the parties in a Florida family law case do not have the financial resources to hire an attorney to manage their entire case. These financially-constrained litigants may, in the alternative, hire an attorney with the understanding that he or she will file a Florida Family Law Notice of Limited Appearance. This means that if a litigant wants to hire an attorney for just one proceeding such as the family law mediation, or only for the family law trial, that is a strategy they may employ in an attempt to save on legal fees and costs. It is not optimal to hire an attorney that does not have the full knowledge of the proceedings, and has not been litigating your case since the beginning, but hiring an attorney to protect your best interests is still the best choice.

In order to appear on your behalf on a limited appearance basis, a Florida family law attorney such as myself will file a Florida Family Law Notice of Limited Appearance. According to Florida Family Law Rule 12.040, Attorneys may represent a client on a limited basis provided they obtain the client’s informed consent and in some cases the client’s signature. Florida Family Law Rule 12.040(a) specifically provides that: “An attorney of record for a party, in a family law matter governed by these rules, shall be the attorney of record throughout the same family law matter, unless at the time of appearance the attorney files a notice, signed by the party, specifically limiting the attorney’s appearance only to the particular proceeding or matter in which the attorney appears.”

Consider your budget, the benefit that a skilled Florida family law attorney may add to the outcome of your case, and if you want to hire me on a limited basis, I will consider filing a Florida Family Law Notice of Limited Appearance to appear on your behalf at certain hearings, mediations, or trial, as opposed to being your legal counsel for the entire case.

Florida Family Law Notice of Limited Appearance

More simply stated, sometimes Legal Aid or low cost firms are unable to assist an indigent client. At times such as those, what some clients do not know, is that they may hire (if the attorney or law firm is willing) an attorney for limited appearances/representation. This is one way that some law firms, such as my own, make legal representation affordable. The limitation is just that however, limited representation helps, but does not necessarily resolve all legal issues because the attorney hired for a per-event basis may not have all the background facts and the client may not have properly drafted his/her pleadings. Nevertheless, some attorney help is surely better than none, and affordability is critical for a great number of would-be-clients. Food for thought.

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