I am of the opinion that the attorney can charge whatever fee you agreed to in the fee agreement. Usually there is a per page copy fee charged to clients for copies. Unless there is an ethics opinion to the contrary, my believe is that the attorney should not have to absorb the cost of copying.
You certainly can call the State Bar to verify.
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I would try to avoid the overlap. Have your new attorney send a letter to the old attorney that he or she is taking over your representation. Then there is a clear cut ending and beginning date of representation. When this letter is sent is between you and your new attorney. If you feel the old attorney is better equipped to handle this hearing, have the new attorney take over after the hearing.
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I agree with my colleague but I need to add that in many cases you can ask your present attorney to get a short postponement of the case since a change of representation is taking place.
Your previous attorney must first withdraw from the case and your new one must give notice of appearance . You r entitled to your file as long as you paid your attorney .
Ask your attorney directly how much he/she wants for copies.
The best politic is to ask to provide u the cost for copies in writing.
I.E how many pages how much an hour for secretary to copying etc.
Your communication must be in writing if you foresee that your present attorney becomes adversary to your interests.
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