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Unbundled Legal Services

What are "unbundled legal services"? In family law cases, attorneys are often requested to perform discrete services on behalf of a client as an alternative to filing a general appearance in court proceedings The attorney-client relationship may be restricted by agreement if the client wants assistance with only certain tasks and not full representation in court. "Unbundled" services include such things as consultation and advice, pleading preparation, participation in mediation, review of mediated agreements, and limited appearances at court hearings. Some individuals just need help putting their thoughts and requests into writing when they want to file a motion with the court. Some people get nervous about standing before a judge to argue their case. Sometimes, clients just need advice to make sure that they understand the law as it applies to their case. When an attorney provides unbundled legal services, an agreement must be reached with the client describing the specific legal task(s) to be performed. If the agreement includes attendance at a court hearing, the attorney will file a "limited appearance" that ends his or her involvement after the hearing is over. With unbundled legal services, a client has the option to obtain legal assistance without the necessity of a long-term commitment to an attorney-client relationship. From an attorney's perspective, providing unbundled services allows us to help clients where they need it the most.

All About Wills

The law permits an individual to designate who are to become the owners of one's property after death. This is done by a Will. The Will names an Executor to carry out your instructions and names a Guardian to take care of your minor children, if there are any. Since a Will is a legal document and disposes of property, it must be executed in a specific manner and precautions must be taken to assure its genuineness. Some people do not think it is necessary to have a Will for one reason or another, or neglect to make one. In this event a statute designates who will get the property.

Trusts, Estates & Real Estate

Martin, Lord & Osman attorneys Margaret A. Demos and Suzanne S. McKenna presented remarks regarding trusts and estates and NH real estate transactions to local real estate brokers and financial planners on March 14th. This learning session was sponsored by Residential Mortgage Services (RMS) at its new location at One Mill Plaza, Laconia, New Hampshire.

CASA - Helping Our Children

Giving their time to the neediest children in the Lakes Region. CASA is looking for more voluteers to serve as advocates to help these children have a voice in their lives against abuse and neglect. Retired Judge Willard "Bud" Martin says to help stop the abuse makes a big difference on who they may become in society. Shown below are: George Blaisdell, Bob Landry, Bud Martin and Dave Ball. For more information on how you can help, please go to


MLO hosted Belknap County Bar Association sponsored Lawline on Wednesday. Local attorneys assisted dozens of callers from around the state with legal questions as part of a public service program through the New Hampshire Bar Association. Pictured attorneys are: Ken Anderson, James Ball, Gary Westergren, Timothy O'Brien, Kaitlin O'Neil, Suzanne McKenna; also attending: Anne Rice.

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