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It is true that your brother must finish out work he has currently taken on BUT he is not obligated to take on new work from this client. Also he certainly can sue his own client for past due fees.
In order to effectively fire his client your brother needs to send the client a letter (preferably certified) stating that he will not take on any new work from the client.
Further your brother can obtain an opinion from the Licensing Authority in his state. Not the Bar Association but the Ethics committee for the state licensing authority for attorneys in his state. Following the guidance in that opinion letter will protect your brother from any disciplinary action.
In Massachusetts the entity is the Board of Bar Overseers and the Office of the Bar Counsel . Here is their contact link:
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