Are you an Illinois lawyer interested in offering limited scope representation to prospective clients? If so, this page is for you. It assembles the key legal references, background information, and resources about limited scope representation in Illinois – just follow the links to access the full text.
The information assembled here is designed to help orient lawyers to limited scope representation. It is not the final or complete word on how to provide limited scope representation within the bounds of the Rules of Professional Conduct or according to a professional standard of care. Lawyers consulting the information linked to from this page should use their professional judgment in determining how to provide limited scope services.
Limited scope representation is governed by the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct and the Supreme Court Rules. Supreme Court Rules 11, 13 and 137 were amended effective July 1, 2013 to permit lawyers to provide limited scope representation in civil proceedings.
Lawyers making limited scope appearances under Supreme Rule 13 must use the forms specified in the rule. The forms are linked to here as a convenience but lawyers should be familiar with the requirements of Rule 13 and the other rules listed above before using them.
The Rules of Professional Conduct of 2010 adopted by the Illinois Supreme Court included a revision to Rule 1.2(c) to expressly permit lawyers to limit the scope of their representation. Below are links to articles and reports exploring limited scope representation in Illinois in the wake of that rule change.
Here is a small collection of non-commercial materials and other resources published to help lawyers provide limited scope representation. These may give useful guidance but they are not specifically tailored to Illinois practice. Fee agreements and related materials are presented as samples.
The collection of materials on this page was assembled by David Holtermann of the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois. He may be contacted by email with feedback about the information on this page or lawyers' experience providing limited scope representation, but he cannot provide advice or practice guidance regarding individual cases.