LEO: Former Client - Retention of Files  LE Op. 871


Former Client - Retention of Files.


January 19, 1987


It is not improper for an attorney to retain his client's file (which

includes in equal parts original documents and work product) until his

client arranges security for unpaid legal fees, as long as the applicable

law authorizes such retention. It is appropriate to give notice to the

former client and the client's attorney of the intention to retain the

documents. [ DR:2-108(D); EC:2-34]


Committee Opinion January 19, 1987




See also LE Op. 1101.