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Hello, thank you for the question.
I assume that your daughter is talking to a new criminal lawyer about an appeal of her husband's conviction.
Since the lawyer's client is your son in law, then it's clear that the son in law needs to sign a direction instructing his former counsel to send the file to the new counsel, if that new counsel is willing to take the file.
Your daughter has arranged this, but her husband is still the client and he absolutely needs to sign that instruction for the old and for the new lawyer.
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