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Limited Assistance Representation (LAR)

Generally speaking, whenever an attorney enters an appearance for a client in a case in court, it is for all purposes pertaining to that case and that attorney cannot withdraw from the case without the approval of a judge. Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) is when an attorney represents or assists a client with part, but not all, of his or her legal matter, instead of the standard full representation on an entire case. The purpose of limited assistance representation is to make legal assistance available at lower cost to litigants who otherwise might be representing themselves without any legal assistance whatsoever.

With LAR, clients can engage an attorney for part of the case — a crucial event, like the case management conference or a motion to dismiss. The attorney and client enter into a detailed agreement defining what tasks the attorney will be responsible for and what tasks the client will be responsible for.