Limited Scope Tool Kit


In this episode of On Balance, guest host Darin Day talks with Judge Michelle Rick and attorney Kim Jones about Michigan’s rule changes for limited scope representation that aim to lessen the justice gap. They describe the new rules and give examples of how Michigan attorneys can provide these types of limited legal services to clients.

On September 20, 2017, the Michigan Supreme Court adopted rules providing clearer direction to attorneys offering limited scope representation. Limited scope representation allows attorneys to provide discrete legal services to clients as a more affordable option to traditional full-service representation. Based on the recommendation of the State Bar of Michigan 21st Century Practice Task Force, this rule proposal was created by the State Bar’s Workgroup on Unbundling and approved by the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly. The rules are effective January 1, 2018, and are available online. View an article regarding limited scope representation.

LSR Discussion Group

Join an online peer discussion and support group for limited scope practitioners, judges, those who want to learn more, or who are thinking about trying it out. It is designed to encourage open and respectful conversations, share experiences, ask questions, identify best and creative practices, collaborate with a community of like-minded professionals, and otherwise help in the successful implementation of the new rules in Michigan.

To join the discussion group, email Heather Anderson at

Practice Forms

Engagement Letter & Consent MS WORD

Task Checklist MS WORD

End of Representation Letter MS WORD

Court Forms

Notice of Limited Scope Appearance in Civil Action MS WORD

Motion for Service on Limited Scope Party MS WORD

Notice of Withdrawal MS WORD

Objection to Withdrawal MS WORD

Limited Scope Flow Charts

For Clients

For Attorneys

Tools for Self-Represented Parties

Limited Scope Representation for Clients

Michigan Legal Help

State & City Resources


Practice Materials for Non-Family Civil Cases

20 Things Judicial Officers Can Do to Encourage LSR

Chicago Bar Foundation

LSR Toolkit

Pricing Toolkit for Attorneys


LSR Training Video

LSR Training Manual

Free ICLE Training

Free Michigan-specific on-demand webinar now available from ICLE to support Michigan lawyers in becoming practice ready in limited scope work. More Information

Marketing Tools for Michigan Lawyers

Help the Public Find You

Two Page LSR Flier

Tri-fold Client Brochure | Printing Instructions

National Resources

American Bar Association (ABA)

ABA Unbundling Resource Center

Lawyers' Use of and Attitude Towards Unbundling—2017 Survey Results

Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System

Unbundling Legal Services

Practising Law Institute

2018 M. Sue Talia Lecture Expanding Your Practice Using Limited Scope Representation | Written Summary with Michigan Rules Explanations

2017 Webinar Limited Scope Representation: Ethical & Practical Challenges | Written Summary

Self-Represented Litigation Network