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14-Ownership of Files and Attorney Lien Issues

29-Advancing Fees and Costs

As long as the client is not prejudiced or otherwise entitled to possession of the deposition transcript, a lawyer may retain a deposition transcript for which the lawyer has advanced costs even after being fired. A lawyer may advance costs only if the client agrees to repay them regardless of the litigation's outcome. [Rule 1.8(e)(2) exempts indigent clients from this requirement.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn