Additional information about our services:
If you have any questions regarding what matters we can handle for you, please contact us.
Bundled Services. Traditionally, firms are responsible for managing every aspect of a case from the time the firm is retained until the matter has been resolved. This is what we refer to as our bundled services. The vast majority of our representation involves bundles services and we have found that this tends to be the best fit for our clients in attempting to resolve their legal matters.
Unbundled Services. Unbundled services, also referred to as legal ghostwriting, is a service whereby an attorney drafts a document on behalf of a client without formally appearing before the court. Instead, the client represents his or herself pro se. Traditionally, firms have been responsible for managing every aspect of a case from the time the firm is retained until the matter has been completely resolved. But, in the case of legal ghostwriting, attorneys can help clients file documents if they prefer to represent themselves.
Our firm does provide “unbundled” services to Pro Se Litigants upon request and on a case-by-case basis. The firm may give legal advice and drafting assistance, including filling out legal forms and providing subpoenas, without appearing as attorney of record. The firm may also advise regarding strategy, tactics and techniques of litigation.
Under these circumstances, an attorney-client relationship is formed, and the Rules of Professional Conduct, particularly those concerning confidentiality and conflict of interest, do apply. In offering these services, we strive to act competently in offering advice and assistance but we caution clients against undertaking a matter too difficult for the client to handle as a Pro Se Litigant.
Additionally, the firm routinely puts each agreement for unbundled services in writing and includes the signed agreement (notice of limited appearance) in the court file. If our firm agrees to enter a limited appearance, our representation is complete upon completion of the documents or matters we have agreed to prepare or handle for you. Please be advised that the firm will make it clear to the court, court personnel and other attorney the limited scope of our representation. See RPC 114 (July 12, 1991), North Carolina State Bar Lawyer’s Handbook (2001).
Below are the areas of practice our firm provides in North Carolina and South Carolina. If you need clarification regarding what type of matter we can handle for you, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
NOTE FOR CORPORATE CLIENTS: For companies with no in-house legal staff, we handle ongoing, routine legal matters at a fraction of the cost of traditional counsel. For larger companies that have a general counsel or in-house staff, we serve as overflow attorneys, acting as an extension of the in-house team to manage spikes in workload or to cover under-served areas of the business. Corporate clients should contact our legal project manager, Alicia Mercer, for more information.
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Brown & Associates, PLLC
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