Guide to Closing Your Practice for Lawyers - Appendix 8

Transfer Memo To File or New Lawyer

 

Memo to:        [File, new lawyer name] 

Client Name:   

File Name:   

File Number:

Date:


Important to Note:   [limitation periods, appearance dates, and outstanding obligations]

 

Retainer:                   I was retained by [client] on [date] with respect to the following:

[list all items, include original retainer letter to client or retainer agreement signed by client]

 

Summary:                   A summary of the history of this matter is as follows:

[summarize facts and history of matter to present; include details of litigation, negotiations, etc.]

 

Client Position:        The client's position on each issue is:

[summarize the client's position on each issue of the matter, any changes, etc.]


Opposite Position:    The opposing side's position on each issue is:

[summarize the opposing side's position on each issue of the matter, any changes, etc.]


Other Information:  Additional relevant information about this matter includes:

[summarize any other information that may be relevant or of assistance]


File Transfer:          I have transferred the file to you per [client's instructions or sale or transfer of the practice to the new lawyer].

[include copy of the client's authorization/direction to the transfer of the file or, where the client could not be reached, copy of the notice of transfer sent to the client ]