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Multi-state Survey on Unbundled Legal Services

published by ABALegalServices

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UNBUNDLING
LAWYERS' USE OF AND ATTITUDES TOWARD
In 2017, the ABA surveyed  lawyers about their use of and attitudes toward unbundled legal services. Over 34,000 private practitioners from 25 states participated, while actual response rates vary from question to question. 
BACKGROUND
PERCENTAGE OF CASELOAD DEDICATED TO UNBUNDLING IN 2016
2017 SURVEY RESULTS
69%
23%
31% of practitioners reported providing unbundling in 2016.
 
23% of practitioners reported unbundling 20% or less of their caseload. 

From this data we can extrapolate that over 300,000 lawyers are providing unbundled legal services.  
  
3%
2%
2%
1%
0%
1-20%
21-40%
41-60%
61-80%
81-100%
OPINIONS FROM LAWYERS WHO DO UNBUNDLE
01

More guidance/clarity concerning ethical obligations for unbundled matters
02

03

More guidance/clarity concerning malpractice exposure for unbundled matters
04

More guidance/clarity concerning court procedures for unbundled matters
Programs to connect lawyers with prospective clients interested in unbundled legal services
WHAT WOULD ENCOURAGE [MORE] UNBUNDLING?
IN RANK ORDER BASED ON RESPONSES
05

Sample limited-scope agreements
06

Nothing. Unbundling is just not in my future.
07

Information to better understand fee structures for unbundled legal services
08

Opportunities to network with lawyers who unbundle
WHY SOME LAWYERS DON'T UNBUNDLE