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Opinion 657

Question Presented

  1. What documents and information must be delivered by a lawyer to a former client convicted of a criminal offense when requested by that former client?
  2. Who bears the costs of delivering the documents and information to the former client?
  3. In what form must the documents and information be delivered?

A lawyer represented a former client in a criminal matter in which the client was convicted. All appeals in the matter have been exhausted. The former client requests the lawyer to furnish the entire contents of the lawyer's file regarding the matter. The lawyer is not claiming a lawyer’s lien or a similar right over the file contents.

Bluebook Citation

Tex. Comm. On Professional Ethics, Op. 657 (2016)