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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29-Advancing Fees and Costs

A lawyer may pursue a collection case against a former client to pay for copying charges which the lawyer advanced, but is not required to undertake such efforts if they would be fruitless or involve so little money as to be not worthwhile. Although the Code does not require the lawyer to pursue such collection efforts, the Bar held that "a consistent policy of not proceeding against clients for the collection of expenses advanced would be improper." ([Rule 1.8(e)(2) exempts indigent clients from this requirement.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn