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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.
There is no law that prevents a lawyer from asking to review documents prior to deciding whether to accept a case. There's also no law that prevents a person who receives information as part of the discovery process from sharing it with an attorney that he's asking for advice from or considering hiring. If a person seeks advice from a lawyer but winds up not hiring him, the lawyer cannot share the information he learned as part of that consultation.
Do you have the original case file, like the evidence and everything? You don't have to hand those documents over to anyone you don't trust without a court order. And if they seek a court order, you can tell the judge your concerns and ask to give the documents to the judge directly. The judge can also order you to give the documents to a specific attorney, rather than the family.
Or are you talking about court files? Court files are public record - anyone can get and look at them. Even though there are obvious reasons most people wouldn't want the information in murder files passed around, most of it is not legally-protected confidential information. But you could send the family to the courthouse to get copies of the file themselves. You wouldn't have to give them what you have without a court order.
If the case isn't over and you're worried about evidence tampering, then you could also apply to the court for a protective order yourself, asking to deposit the documents under seal (meaning they'd be placed in an envelope and left with the clerk of the court for safekeeping). And in that case - make copies of everything. More than one. Don't give anyone originals of anything.
It is not illegal for you to give the documents to a third party if you are not a lawyer and therefore not bound by any sort of confidentiality.