I need a copy of my file but attorney will not respond to my messages?
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In most states an attorney must provide the client his or her file on request.
The fee retention depends on the fee agreement.
The attorney may keep the amount agreed to in your retainer agreement plus costs. If costs cause the percentage recovered to exceed the agreed amount, then that is normal. As for files, I am constantly being asked for copies of files. I am not a librarian who keeps peoples' files. A former client can go to court and pay for copies. I can send files but the former client must pay for copies. No payment, no copies. I am certain your former lawyer operates in exactly the same way.
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