If lawyer resigns from the case siting difference of opinions after being in the case for over 15 months, is client obligated to pay remaining balance 8 Answers as of December 03, 2013

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Mediation Services of Southwest Florida
Mediation Services of Southwest Florida | Dennis J. Leffert, J.D.
I would file a formal complaint with the State's Bar Association and see what happens. Whether or not you are obligated to pay the remaining balance depends upon what the balance represents; i.e. services rendered, costs, outstanding retainer, etc.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 12/3/2013
James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C.
James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C. | James T. Weiner
Generally yes, unless you have to pay the attorney fees for the work completed. That is unless there is an agreement to the contrary.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 12/3/2013
Law Office of Joan M. Canavan | Joan Canavan
Yes, the client is responsible to pay all legal fess incurred from the date the client retained the attorney until the date the attorney was allowed by the Court to withdraw from the case.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 12/3/2013
Glenn Milgraum PC
Glenn Milgraum PC | Glenn P. Milgraum
In most circumstances the client will be responsible to pay for the work performed. However, if the work performed is the basis for "difference of opinion" and the work was done over the documented objections of the client, it may arise to the level of a legitimate dispute of the attorney's bill.
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Replied: 12/3/2013
Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A.
Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A. | Joanna Mitchell
Such issues are typically governed by the Retainer Agreement or Contract for Representation that was signed when you hired the attorney. Usually, the answer would be yes, monies for work performed are still due, even if the attorney withdraws.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 12/3/2013
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