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

Answers:

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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