Introducing the “Self-Rep Navigators”NSRLP
A Toronto-based lawyers group has launched the “Self-Rep Navigators” to direct legal services towards self-represented litigants. Described as “a hub for connecting self-represented litigants to supportive lawyers and high quality resources both online and offline”, Self-Rep Navigators is spearheaded by long-time NSRLP volunteer Heather Hui-Litwin and trial lawyer Michael Hassell.
The Self-Rep Navigators aim to publicize the availability of unbundled and fixed-fee services for those unable to afford or uninterested in full representation, but who want assistance with their legal matter. Self-Rep Navigators have established a website at www.limitedscoperetainers.ca and list lawyers who will take clients on a limited scope retainer/ at fixed fees for civil and criminal matters, and those offering the same types of services to family clients. One of the family lawyers is Joel Miller, whose website www.thefamilylawcoach.com is featured in “Small Steps towards Big Goals” below, along with other important news about movement towards offering more unbundled legal services.
Michael Hassell comments: “There are many different needs out there, and there is something compelling about self-reps getting only the advice they need. Just this week, I worked with one client headed to trial on their own who finds it empowering to self-represent, and another client who wants me behind the scenes for the negotiation of a trial issue.”
Heather (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Michael (email@example.com) would like to hear from any other lawyers interested in being a part of this group, which we shall soon be linking directly to the NSRLP site.