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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40-Trust Accounts

50-Lawyer-Owned Businesses

58-Real Estate Lawyers

A lawyer who is operating a title company to conduct residential settlements: is subject to the UPL rules if the title company prepares legal documents such as notes and deeds; must comply with the trust account rules if an attorney-client relationship exists by reason of preparation of such documents (including the prohibition on the lawyer or law firm earning interest on client funds held in trust); must obtain clients' consent before retaining any interest earned by client money held by the title company.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn