Florida Family Law Notice of Limited Appearance
Often, the parties in a Florida family law case do not have the financial resources to hire an attorney to manage their entire case. These financially-constrained litigants may, in the alternative, hire an attorney with the understanding that he or she will file a Florida Family Law Notice of Limited Appearance. This means that if a litigant wants to hire an attorney for just one proceeding such as the family law mediation, or only for the family law trial, that is a strategy they may employ in an attempt to save on legal fees and costs. It is not optimal to hire an attorney that does not have the full knowledge of the proceedings, and has not been litigating your case since the beginning, but hiring an attorney to protect your best interests is still the best choice.
In order to appear on your behalf on a limited appearance basis, a Florida family law attorney such as myself will file a Florida Family Law Notice of Limited Appearance. According to Florida Family Law Rule 12.040, Attorneys may represent a client on a limited basis provided they obtain the client’s informed consent and in some cases the client’s signature. Florida Family Law Rule 12.040(a) specifically provides that: “An attorney of record for a party, in a family law matter governed by these rules, shall be the attorney of record throughout the same family law matter, unless at the time of appearance the attorney files a notice, signed by the party, specifically limiting the attorney’s appearance only to the particular proceeding or matter in which the attorney appears.”
Consider your budget, the benefit that a skilled Florida family law attorney may add to the outcome of your case, and if you want to hire me on a limited basis, I will consider filing a Florida Family Law Notice of Limited Appearance to appear on your behalf at certain hearings, mediations, or trial, as opposed to being your legal counsel for the entire case.