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So are you saying that you want to accept the counter offer but are worried about signing the release?
Is there no one else at the law firm who can assist you?
You can try and do you own release but they won't accept it most likely and as well as you are not a lawyer you will not be able to do it correctly.
And you are right, you also need some agreement signed that protects you.
I suggest that you tell them you are likely going to accept the offer but cannot sign anything until your lawyer returns.