What I can tell you is, don't sign any documents with mistakes in them. Make the lawyer fix the mistakes before you sign anything. If he/she refuses, find a different attorney.
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What a great question. In my opinion, once you have signed those forms, they can no longer be claimed as attorney work product. Most attorneys will provide a copy of the applications submitted to homeland security upon request. Those forms contain information you've sworn is true, so you should know what is in those forms before your interview. I've worked for several firms that use the same practice. The clients reviews the forms, makes changes, and then signs. You should only sign the forms once they are corrected. Good luck with your case!
Work product is a defense in a discovery request, it has nothing to do with you requesting a copy of your files. He may or may not be required by law to give you a copy, but you can easily get a copy by filing under the freedom of information act.
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In my practice clients are free to make payments. I will not give them a copy of the forms or file the forms on their behalf until they have paid in full. In your case you would have made all payments - or the case would not have been filed - so I would have provided you with a copy of the forms and all attachments that were filed with the forms.
Bottom line: Completed forms are a work product. The attorney does not have to file them or give you a copy unless you have paid for them as set forth in your representation agreement. Sounds to me like you have met your obligation and you are entitled to a copy of what was filed.
In general, I believe the Texas State Bar requires attorneys to provide clients with copies of their files. Not doing so is listed as one of the possible grounds for discipline on the State Bar's website. http://www.texasbar.com/Content/NavigationMenu/ForThePublic/ProblemswithanAttorney/File_a_Grievance/default.htm. As another responder stated, work product has nothing to do with this particular situation.
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