Can’t afford an attorney, but you have $100, then you should consult with The Wright Law Offices in Las Vegas. We assist folks assist themselves in family court. If you need to go through the process yourself, it does not hurt to get guidance from time to time. The Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct allow lawyers to counsel clients:
Rule 1.2. Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority Between Client and Lawyer.
(a) Subject to paragraphs (c) and (d), a lawyer shall abide by a client’s decision concerning the objectives of representation and, as required by Rule 1.4, shall consult with the client as to the means by which they are to be pursued. A lawyer may take such action on behalf of the client as is impliedly authorized to carry out the representation. A lawyer shall abide by a client’s decision whether to settle a matter. In a criminal case, the lawyer shall abide by the client’s decision, after consultation with the lawyer, as to a plea to be entered, whether to waive jury trial and whether the client will testify.
(b) A lawyer’s representation of a client, including representation by appointment, does not constitute an endorsement of the client’s political, economic, social or moral views or activities.
(c) A lawyer may limit the scope of the representation if the limitation is reasonable under the circumstances and the client gives informed consent.
(d) A lawyer shall not counsel a client to engage, or assist a client, in conduct that the lawyer knows is criminal or fraudulent, but a lawyer may discuss the legal consequences of any proposed course of conduct with a client and may counsel or assist a client to make a good faith effort to determine the validity, scope, meaning or application of the law.
Furthermore, lawyers in Las Vegas are allowed to give limited services to clients in family court:
Rule 5.28. Withdrawal of attorney in limited services (“unbundled services”) contract.
(a) An attorney who contracts with a client to limit the scope of representation shall state that limitation in the first paragraph of the first paper or pleading filed on behalf of that client. Additionally, if the attorney appears at a hearing on behalf of a client pursuant to a limited scope contract, the attorney shall notify the court of that limitation at the beginning of that hearing.
(b) An attorney who contracts with a client to limit the scope of representation shall be permitted to withdraw from representation before the court by filing a Notice of Withdrawal of Attorney with the clerk’s office. The Notice of Withdrawal of Attorney shall state that the attorney is withdrawing from the case because the attorney was hired to perform a limited service, that service has been completed, and shall include a copy of the limited services retainer agreement between the attorney and the client. The Notice of Withdrawal of Attorney shall also state that the client will be representing himself or herself in proper person unless another attorney agrees to represent the client and shall contain the client’s address, or last known address, and telephone number at which the client may be served with notice of further proceedings taken in the case. The attorney must serve a copy of the Notice of Withdrawal of Attorney upon the client and all other parties to the action or their attorneys. No attorney shall be permitted to withdraw from representation pursuant to this Rule if such attorney has failed to complete any service required of the attorney by the court during any hearing the attorney attended in the subject legal proceeding.
Thus, you may consult with an experienced family attorney to assist you with your family law matter, such as a divorce or child custody proceeding. You may and should also consult with several attorneys to find the one you are the most comfortable with. It is wise to consult with an attorney before anything is filed in court so that the appropriate documents and legal arguments are pursued. At any time during the process, you may hire an attorney to appear in court for you for a limited time, which can save you money.
The Wright Law Offices charges $100 for consultations with prospective clients and also can quote rates for unbundled (limited services) as well as retainer plans. A good Las Vegas divorce lawyer may charge for a consultation, but the advice can be invaluable from a financial and emotional perspective.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
If you already have an attorney who has claimed to be an expert, specialist, or specializes in or has expertise in any area of law in Nevada, The Wright Law Offices will find out whether this is true, free of charge. Simply send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will determine whether the lawyer's claim specialist or expert claim is true. To be able to use the words expert, specialist, specialize, or expertise, a Nevada lawyer must have special standing with the Nevada State Bar. Any lawyer who uses these words on websites, letters, business cards, or any other marketing is in violation of the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct and the client should be careful. Experts or specialists charge more for their services because they have expertise and additional yearly costs associated with maintaining their expert level of competence. If lawyer is wrongfully using this designation, the lawyer may be falsely overcharging and/or not handling your case the way an expert or specialist would.