Atty Tips To Avoid ‘Scope Creep’ And Malpractice Claims
Law360 (March 2, 2020, 4:58 PM EST) — Lawyers working on behalf of their clients typically will identify the scope of their work prior to undertaking the representation. The scope of a case can be defined as the sum of all the legal services to be performed coupled with the deliverables and results to be produced in the matter.
In many instances, however, a case’s requirements change over the life cycle of the matter. Additional legal services are then rendered that are not authorized, or that are beyond the agreed-upon scope. This is classic “scope creep.”
Scope creep can happen on any case, as attorneys naturally want to please…