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Is former attorney's refusal to return a $25,000 retainer, and his refusal to send my file unless I pay for transport, legal?

1 Answers. Asked on Aug 05th, 2017 on Legal Malpractice - New York
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He calls the retainer, which he did not earn, a flat fee. I paid for the file transport to him.
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Answered on Aug 05th, 2017 at 1:46 PM

Paying for transport --- no.  Refusing to send at all -- yes.

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