We provide employment law services to our clients on an “unbundled” basis, which means we perform only a specific legal task of limited scope and duration in exchange for a one-time, flat rate fee. Our clients can purchase as few, or as many, of the legal services we offer on an “a la carte” basis, and pay only for the particular legal services they want.
Need a new Employee Handbook? We can tailor one to fit the specific needs of your business for a reasonable, fixed, flat rate fee regardless of how long it takes us to complete the project. When you get your bill, there are no surprises and no hidden fees. We tell you exactly how much each legal service will cost ahead of time. This certainty in calculating the legal expenses of your business is rare in the legal industry, with most law firms still wedded to the unworkable billable hour.
What Are Unbundled Legal Services?
An attorney offering limited scope representation to a client identifies the separate legal tasks associated with an entire legal matter and then provides representation to the client regarding only specified parts of the client’s case. Because the attorney breaks the entire representation down and performs only one or two aspects of it, these kinds of legal services are known as “unbundled legal services.” An attorney typically virtually delivers these unbundled legal services to the client through the internet using the secure computer servers of a third-party vendor, usually a large, sophisticated data center. This practice of using software (sometimes known as “software as a service”) to transmit and store data over the web is known as “cloud computing.” Limited scope representation (a.k.a. discrete task representation) differs significantly from the legal representation clients receive from more traditional “brick and mortar” law firms, both in terms of the nature of the legal service provided as well as how those services are typically provided, i.e. virtually in the cloud.
Attorneys in traditional firms often times utilize some or many aspects of the same type of cloud computing technology that Virtual Law Office (“VLO”) practitioners use. The California Business and Professions Code and the California Rules of Professional Conduct do not impose greater or different duties upon a VLO practitioner than they do upon a traditional non-VLO practitioner as it pertains to the use of technology. Nevertheless, an attorney in California has a duty to preserve the confidentiality of client information, data, and files. In any case, this duty of confidentiality, common to all attorneys, would require that the firm exercise reasonable due diligence both in the selection, and then in the continued use of, any technology the firm ultimately selects for its operations.
Because the firm is primarily a virtual firm and utilizes cloud-computing technology that stores client data on a third-party server, the firm is acutely aware of its duty to preserve client confidentiality as required by Rule 3-100 of the California Rules of Professional Conduct. Thus, the firms has made sure to exercise particularly heightened care in its investigation of the security of the cloud computing technology the firm has chosen to use for its practice management requirements. In this regard, the firm has not only familiarized itself with the nature of the technology the firm will use to provide legal services to its clients (as well as the protections it provides with regards to data security), but also has extensively investigated the security features of that technology. After this investigation, the firm is convinced that it will be able to meet both the duty of confidentiality and the duty of competence it owes to its clients, while at the same time utilizing first-in-class cloud computing systems to deliver unbundled legal services.
Among other topics, the firm has extensively investigated the credentials, data security, third-party servers, data back-up practices, and terms of service of the firm’s cloud computing vendors to ensure that they not only preserve client data and the confidentiality of that data, but also that they are consistent with, or exceed, industry standards for data security. The firms has conducted a separate independent investigation of the data security of the third-party data centers utilized by the firm’s cloud computing vendors. The policies of these vendors allow the firm to adequately supervise their operation as well as their handling of client data. If the firm decides to discontinue service with one of these vendors, the terms and conditions of the vendor allow the firm to export all of the firm’s client information and to delete client data from the system of the discontinued vendor.
Because the firm utilizes cloud computing technology and is primarily a virtual law firm in which its attorney will not be meeting face to face with the firm’s clients in the majority of instances, and in an abundance of caution, the firm provides these disclosures regarding security and unbundling here on this page, in this website’s Terms and Conditions of Use (which every client must accept during the client registration process located here), and in the Limited Legal Services Retainer Agreement required by the firm. We are providing this information to ensure that you are fully informed of the specific nature of the legal services being offered by the firm on this website so that you are in a position to give your informed consent to our use of cloud computing technology in the delivery of legal services to your business.
I will upload the Retainer Agreement to the documents section of your secure client portal after you have registered and accepted the Terms and Conditions of Use for this website, which you will be prompted to do during the registration process for your secure, cloud-based client portal. Once you have executed it, you can simply upload a copy of the executed Retainer Agreement, and I will sign into the cloud-based computing system and retrieve it there.