These summaries were prepared by McGuireWoods LLP lawyer Thomas E. Spahn. They are based on the letter opinions issued by the Virginia State Bar. Any editorial comments reflect Mr. Spahn's current personal views, and not the opinions of the Virginia State Bar, McGuireWoods or its clients. 
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8-Bills and Fees

14-Ownership of Files and Attorney Lien Issues

If a client has received notice and does not dispute the fees, a lawyer may deduct fees owed from a previous case at the time of settling a contingent fee case. [Deducting fees from an unrelated matter would almost surely require the client's consent.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn