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Lawyer’s Trademarked ‘Court Coach’ Name Is Part of Unbundled Approach

Posted Jan 26, 2011 11:03 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Connecticut lawyer has a name for her unbundled legal services: Partners-in-Law.

Greenwich lawyer Barbara Shea tells NewsTimes.com that Partners-in-Law is a part of her law firm that allows people to represent themselves, with some legal guidance to point them in the right direction.

One Norwalk woman, for example, used a trademarked Partner-in-Law service called Court Coach to get advice on what to say when she appeared before a judge for $3,000 in parking tickets. According to a press release (PDF), “Court Coach® attorneys collaborate with the client, analyzing the facts and planning strategy together. The attorney gives insights into the legal process and teaches clients how to research the applicable law if necessary, and to think, speak, and act like an attorney.”

Shea’s website has a copyright symbol after “Partners-in-Law” and some of its services, including “Roadmap for Heirs” and “The Wheel of Unbundled Legal Services.”

Shea is offering a half hour of consultation for $49 until Feb. 14, the story says. "Instead of letting someone dump everything on my desk, I teach them the smart way to solve a case," she tells NewsTimes.com. "The concept is based on giving clients choice and control over their legal matters."

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