First of all: "Consistent with Opinion No. 94-13, the Committee does not believe that a lawyer is required to
act as a storage facility for clients, and therefore the lawyer is entitled to compensation for the
reasonable expense involved in retrieving the files in question and providing copies of materials
that the client has already received. The lawyer is also entitled to compensation for the
reasonable expense of providing copies of any materials, such as routine administrative
correspondence with third parties, that the client may not have received because the lawyer had
no duty to provide the client with copies of such materials in the normal course of therepresentation
, but to which the client is entitled to access upon reasonable request."
(Opinion No. 94-14)
Having said that, per Supreme Court Rule 769, the length of time for retention in general is 7 years.
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