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Good morning. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. I am sorry about your loss. You do first want to review the retainer agreement which you signed and see if the money was earned on deposit and he does not need to refund it. It is clear that he can no longer work on the case and if he sent you a statement showing what was used/billed to date, it may contract the money being earned on deposit. However, you do have a right to get an opinion and have the Bar Association look into this and investigate, to see if there is any wrong doing. You can file a complaint against this attorney and I have provided the link below. They can then review everything and if the attorney needs to refund the money, it will be done or else he can be subject to discipline. https://www.gabar.org/forthepublic/fileacomplaint.cfm
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