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Good afternoon. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. Is he trying to charge you more then the agreed upon hourly rate at this time? Was there a trial fee mentioned in the retainer agreement?
Thank you for the additional information. A $30,000 bill is a lot and he should have been sending you bills along the way and updating you about the cost incurred. If you were paying $1000 a month and now owe him $30,000, he should have placed you on notice. If you do not pay, he can file a motion to withdraw and it will be up to the Judge to decide on to allow it, at this point, after 5 years. Moreover, you may want to work with him and modify the retainer agreement at this point and if he thinks you have a good chance to win at trial, increase the contingency so you will not have to pay him and come out of pocket on the trial fee. The agreement is going to control, so if this was all addressed, it would be binding and after 5 years of work, for him to now withdraw, would be very bad timing, after all the money you paid. Of course, if it gets that far, you would then need to consider filing a bar complaint against the attorney and if he wants the bill paid, settle that as well