Always Send Disengagement/Termination Letter

A disengagement/termination letter notifies the client that the attorney/client relationship is terminated at least with respect to a particular matter. Set forth in clear terms the reason for the termination. If the matter is simply concluded, be sure to enclose a Client Satisfaction Survey, ask for referrals and testimonials.

If the client terminates your firm, explain how the file can be retrieved and review the status of the legal fees. If you terminate the engagement (and are not prohibited from doing so), state specifically why the relationship is being terminated. For example, your retainer agreement should have a clause stating that Failure to Cooperate on the client's part is grounds for termination. That clause should be cited in the termination letter.

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