I don't see how you can get your file from your lawyer without asking your lawyer.
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Mr. Rothstein raises the obvious response. If your attorney has the file, how can you get it from him without asking him for it. As far as your case against the landlord, you can get copies of the pleadings from the court. I think you know the answer on whether you need to get a new lawyer.
If your attorney is not communicating with you and not working on your file, that is pretty telling of what you need to do.
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I agree with Attorneys Rothstein and Shultz. Given these circumstances, I think it is best if you retain a new lawyer and ask him or her to retrieve your file from your previous lawyer. Good luck to you.
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