Can my attorney drop me because I haven’t paid him all of his money?

My trial begins in 3 months2019. My attorney says if I don’t pay him the rest of my balance by the end of this month that he will drop me.

Asked on October 3, 2018 under Criminal Law, Oklahoma


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Have you checked your retainer agreement? if not, then do so as they typicially contain a provision regarding non-payment and withdrawal from a case. The fact is that a law firm is like any business, it must be paid in order to obtain it services.

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Attorneys usually have a provision in the retainer agreement which authorizes withdrawal from a case if fees are not paid. You should review the retainer agreement. If you feel the attorney is acting unjustly, your State Bar may have a fee dispute resolution process.

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