Can a lawyer that’s been retained for a divorce drop a client for any reason before the divorce is final?

For example, the client lied to the lawyer.

Asked on July 16, 2015 under Family Law, Missouri


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The retainer agreement between the attorney and client should state the grounds for attorney's withdrawal from the case.

The client lying to the attorney would be grounds for attorney's withdrawal from the case.

In order to provide effective representation, the attorney has to rely on the client's version of the facts.  If the client has lied to the attorney, this inhibits the attorney from providing effective representation and depending on the particular lie, may render continued legal representation unethical.

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