LEO: Trust/Escrow Accounts - Attorney's Fees - LE Op. 681
Trust/Escrow Accounts - Attorney's Fees - Retainer Paid in
Advance - Accounting.
April 10, 1985
It is the duty of a lawyer to account to his client, upon request, for
all or any part of a fee paid for services to be rendered in the future.
Thus, an attorney who is paid a substantial portion of an agreed fee in a
criminal matter and whose services are terminated prior to the conclusion
of the case must, upon demand by his client, provide an accounting of fees
received and expended. Fees claimed must be reasonable. [ DR:9-102, DR:2-
106, LE Op. 510]
Committee Opinion April 10, 1985
See also LE Op. 1370.