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In IL, upon termination of representation, a lawyer is required to return all papers and property received from the client, but may retain copies at the lawyer's expense. If the client requests copies of other parts of the lawyer's file, the lawyer should make copies of those materials in the lawyer's file to which the client is entitled to access available at the client's expense.
See: Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, Rules 1.4, 1.6, 1.15 and 1.16.
Thus, the attorney was obligated to turn over anything received from you and anything you asked for. If the attorney did not do that then you can potentially have a claim against the attorney and you need to sit with a local legal malpractice attorney to review your evidence to make a proper determination. If this caused you to lose your case you could potentially seek your damages that you lost from the attorney.
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