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.