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Q: How long should it take for an attorney to provide documents youre requesting?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Under California law, the timeframe for an attorney to provide documents you're requesting can vary based on the specifics of your request and the nature of the documents. Generally, attorneys are expected to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client, as outlined in the California Rules of Professional Conduct. This means that, barring exceptional circumstances, an attorney should respond to your request for documents in a timely manner, which could range from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the complexity and availability of the documents requested.

If the documents are part of a discovery process in litigation, specific timelines are set by court rules. For example, parties have 30 days to respond to discovery requests such as interrogatories, document demands, and requests for admission, unless a different time period is stipulated by the parties or ordered by the court. It's important to communicate clearly with your attorney about your expectations and the urgency of your request. If your request is urgent, make this clear to your attorney so they can prioritize accordingly.

If you feel that your attorney is not providing the requested documents in a timely manner or is not communicating effectively about the delay, you may consider discussing your concerns with them directly. Open communication can often resolve misunderstandings or delays. However, if the issue persists, you have the option to seek advice from another legal professional or contact the State Bar of California for guidance on how to address your concerns with your attorney's responsiveness.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: Many of the timelines in cases involve deadlines for attorneys to respond to court requests during discovery or timelines for insurance carriers to respond regarding denials or delay letters. The standard in many places for clients is a reasonable time. Since many law offices have their records digitized, it could sometimes speed things up if you could accept PDF files or similar formats. Good luck

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