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When may an attorney withdraw from representation?

Granada Hills, CA |

i went to court this week and my attorney showed up late. he took me into the hall and insulted me, accused me of being a drug addict, spending my money frivolously and this is why i am being evicted. he shouted very loud embgarrassing and humiliating me in fron of many people as they were entering the courtroom, then demanded i pay him more money in addition to what we had already agreed upon, then refused to return any or all of my documents to me reducing me to terars and leaving me to fend for myself.

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Much of what you discuss is not unlawful, but just very bad form. However there are some issues you raise that suggest the possibility of a breach of the Rules of Professional Conduct. An attorney cannot disengage from a representation at a time that would cause undue prejudice to the client. Furthermore, upon disengagement, the attorney is required to return to the client all of the client's file if requested by the attorney, whether or not money is owed to the attorney.

You have the right to report this attorney to the California State Bar. Please check out the following web page in that regard:

Good luck to you.

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An attorney can withdraw from representation at any time under certain circumstances. Such as, break down in the attorney client relationship, failure to cooperate, not paying fees, and the client's engaging in conduct that might be illegal, unethical or adverse to the case. There are other reasons for withdrawing as well.
An attorney should never withdraw, and often will not be allowed to withdraw, when there is an important hearing or deadline approaching or if doing so will harm the client.

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