In a battle over attorney fees, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals has called for an evidentiary hearing to determine whether a Broward County law firm involuntarily withdrew from a case after two clients filed a bar complaint against the firm’s lawyers.

If the trial court finds that The Mineo Salcedo Law Firm’s withdrawal was involuntary, the court must consider the validity and application of its charging lien for fees incurred during its representation of plaintiffs Loly and Yanite Cesard. However, if the court finds that the firm’s withdrawal was voluntary, then they’re not entitled to a fee, the appellate panel instructed the trial court Wednesday.