Family Unbundled Legal Services Project

What are unbundled legal services?
The BC Family Unbundling Roster
What is the Family Unbundled Legal Services Project?
Evaluation
Summaries of survey responses from lawyers, mediators and the public


What are unbundled legal services?

“Unbundling” refers to a situation where a lawyer provides limited scope services to a client, rather than providing full scope legal services… Limited scope legal services refers to a situation where a lawyer performs discrete tasks for a client, and the client handles other matters that, in a full service retainer, would form part of the services the lawyer would provide.
-Report of the Unbundling of Legal Services Task Force, LSBC, April 2008 

The BC Family Unbundling Roster

New! The BC Family Unbundling Roster is a list of family lawyers and paralegals willing to provide unbundled family law services. These professionals let you choose which tasks you want help with and which ones you want to handle on your own.

Click the button below to visit this Roster.
BC Family Unbundling Roster

What is the Family Unbundled Legal Services Project?

The Family Legal Services Unbundling Project aims to encourage more family lawyers to offer unbundled legal services to support families using mediation. It will find out more about how some lawyers are using unbundling successfully (and build on those experiences), surface the concerns and barriers that are inhibiting BC family lawyers from offering these services and develop strategies to alleviate those concerns. We are particularly interested in exploring various business models as this approach must be both affordable for families and sustainable financially for the lawyers involved.
 
While the project focuses on mediation-related unbundled legal services, much will be learned about unbundled legal services in general. The goal is to increase access to family lawyers providing unbundled services by, in part, creating a list/roster of family lawyers willing and well-equipped to provide unbundled services and communicating well with the public.
 
The Project is inspired by the Law Society of BC, generously funded by the Law Foundation of BC, administered by Mediate BC and supported by the BC Family Justice Innovation Lab. 

Survey Summaries

As part of Phase 1, the project sought input from BC family lawyers, family mediators and the public through online surveys. The documents below are meant to summarize the key results and themes from the surveys. While the fous of the project is on using unbundled services to support families using mediation to resolve their issues, the project is keen to learn more about family unbundled services of all kinds. The project's scope does not include child welfare or child protection matters. Mediate BC has sought input from BC family mediators, BC family lawyers, and people who are or have been involved in a family dispute involving separation or divorce anywhere in Canada, but particularly in BC. 
 
Mediate BC is grateful for the participation of family lawyers, family mediators and the public.

Evaluation

This initiative is being evaluated. The overall goal is to improve these unbundled services for all families in BC.

We would like to thank all those who took part in the evaluation surveys and consultations. Your support is most appreciated.
 
Mediate BC would like to acknowledge the generour support of: