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Asked on: 12/09/06, 3:55 pm

client furnished documents held as lien by attorney

Our lawyer was given our own personal documents as history of a law suit. We no longer are retaining this lawyer and would like our documents returned. The attorney said they are being kept as a lien because our bill has not been paid in full. We did not make copies of our documents so what the law firm has are the originals. Can she hold them? Virginia has passed a code that does not allow an attorney to do this. What about New Jersey? And what can we do about it?

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