Several amendments to the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure impact the unbundling of legal services. The amendments to Civil Rule 3 (B) and Civil Rule 5 are meant to encourage attorneys to assist pro se parties on a limited basis without undertaking full representation of the client on all issues in the legal matter. New division (B) permits attorneys to enter a limited appearance on behalf of an otherwise unrepresented litigant, as authorized by Professional Conduct Rule 1.2(c), if that scope is specifically described in a “Notice of Limited Appearance.”
This provision also provides that leave of court normally required if an attorney seeks to withdraw from representation, is not required for withdraw from the case at the conclusion of a properly noticed limited appearance, provided the attorney files and serves the proper Notice of Completion of Limited Appearance in accordance with Civil Rule 5. Click here to read all the amendments.