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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14-Ownership of Files and Attorney Lien Issues

36-Withdrawal from Representations

40-Trust Accounts

The Code permits a lawyer to withdraw from representing a client and to exert a common law possessory lien on funds being held in trust for the client.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn