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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3-Multiple Representations on the Same Matter

8-Bills and Fees


58-Real Estate Lawyers

A lawyer involved in arranging a real estate transaction has not violated the Code, because the lawyer did not attempt to represent both the buyer and the seller, and fully disclosed that the lawyer might receive a percentage of the purchase price as a fee. Canon 9 did not apply, because the "appearance of impropriety" language "applies only in the limited context of . . . former judges, former government attorneys, and attorneys' improper influence upon a tribunal, legislative body, or public official."

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn