Introduction and Objectives

Objectives

The objectives of the Withdrawal of Services module are:

  1. To appreciate that a lawyer must not place his or her client in a position of disadvantage as a result of withdrawing legal services.
  2. To recognize the circumstances in which a lawyer must withdraw services, and the circumstances in which a lawyer may withdraw services.
  3. To learn the procedure for withdrawing services.

Navigating this Module

This module features these components:

Written Material: There are circumstances in which a lawyer must withdraw services, and circumstances in which a lawyer may withdraw services. This module discusses both types of circumstances, as well as the procedure for withdrawing services, flagging some key issues including the transfer of file contents to new counsel.

Test: The test for this module features a fact pattern followed by two parts, a question and a justification. You must get answers to both parts correct in order to complete the test. If you get one or both parts incorrect, you will get an opportunity to reattempt the test. Test questions are drawn from the written material only and not the Additional Resources or the footnotes to the written material.

Additional Resources: Additional valuable resources are available, some of which are included in the Additional Resources section of this module. You are not tested on this additional material, although you are encouraged to review any resources that best suit the nature of your practice or if you experience difficulty comprehending the material that will be tested.

Although we aim to present a comprehensive module, this module is not exhaustive. This module is not a substitute for exercising professional judgment and does not constitute legal advice.