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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. 

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