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

A 10% "administrative fee" a lawyer proposes to charge clients in collecting Med Pay would be improper because such collection matters normally are "purely ministerial" and involve no risk that the lawyer would earn no fee at all (such a possibility is one of the justifications for a contingent fee arrangement); an hourly rate or flat fee would not be improper in such circumstances.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn