The term “unbundling” refers to family lawyers providing limited services, at crucial points in the family’s interaction with the justice system, rather than an end to end representation model which is often beyond the means of families.
The A2JBC Unbundling initiative was created to work alongside a Mediate BC Family Unbundled Services project, funded by the Law Society of BC and Law Foundation of BC.
The initiative generated significant interest and energy about unbundling, and demonstrated the important role of A2JBC as a connector between justice system stakeholders.
Consistent with A2JBC’s user-centred and evidence-informed approach, the project started with a consultation and research phase, including a survey of families, family lawyers and family mediators. The project developed:
- a roster of lawyers willing to provide unbundled services
- answers, available on the Clicklaw site, to the question “What if I want legal help for only part of my family law problem?“
- an unbundling toolkit for lawyers, and
- a sign-up button on the same link to add their names to the roster.
The initial project has concluded, but continued enthusiasm led to the formation of an A2JBC Unbundling Working Group [Members] to build on the energy created by the project, work with other stakeholders, guide it into further projects and generally promote unbundling. The expectation is that this will lead to the exploration of other creative ways to match legal services supply with unmet demand.