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I fired my lawyer and now the lawyer will not give my file back. What should I do?

Authored By: South Carolina Bar Association

Lawline FAQ: When a lawyer withdraws from a case, steps must be taken to protect your interests. Your lawyer should give you reasonable notice, allow time for you to hire another lawyer, surrender papers and property to which you are entitled, and refund any advance payment of fees that have not been earned. The lawyer may keep papers relating to you to the extent permitted by other law, as well as keep a reasonable nonrefundable retainer.

Last Review and Update: Jan 21, 2016
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