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The attorney-client relationship is not one that always ends well. The client is able to discharge the attorney at any time, but outstanding legal fees must be addressed. The retainer letter should address the issue of outstanding legal fees and expenses or the contingency fee arrangement. Normally, the retainer letter provides that the client is responsible for all reasonable fees and expenses incurred to the termination date. If the fee arrangement is changed during the representation, the court will closely scrutinize it. The former client may not promptly pay the agreed-upon outstanding legal fees or may claim the revised fee or contingency schedule was made improperly or under duress.
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