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The right to counsel in a criminal case is a fundamental constitutional right. In matrimonial matters there is no such right. Thus, low-income individuals with marital disputes in court must either qualify for free legal assistance or represent themselves without the benefit of counsel. One solution to this is “unbundled” legal services, also known as “limited scope representation,” which involves a lawyer’s provision of discrete, selected services to a client who does not want the lawyer’s services for all aspects of a matter (Representation, Black’s Law Dictionary (11th ed. 2019)). Under this approach attorneys assist only with selected aspects of a legal problem.

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