Limited Scope Representation in Arizona
Historically, once a lawyer accepted a case, the lawyer would represent that client on all related issues pertinent to that case. If a separate case was filed, the attorney was not required to represent the client in that case but if, in a divorce action, there is an Order of Protection filed under the same case number, the attorney is presumed to be representing the client in that issue as well. Arizona recently adopted a rule in which lawyers can represent clients for individual days, actions, or for the purpose of drafting documents. This allows the client to determine the scope of the representation or allows the attorney to limit their representation to either what they do best OR limit their financial exposure in the case.