How long must an attorney keep a client's records?

 The exact timeframe that an attorney must keep a client’s records varies significantly from one state to the next. Typically, state rules that govern the professional conduct of lawyers, as well as state ethics committee opinions, dictate the length of time for which an attorney must keep client records on file. For example, Alabama requires attorneys to maintain client records for six years, whereas Illinois requires a seven-year retention period. 

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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