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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6-Lawyers Paid by Third Party

8-Bills and Fees

35-Threatening Criminal and Disciplinary Action

[WITHDRAWN] A lawyer represented a bank in collecting a loan. Under the terms of the loan, the borrower was obligated to pay the lawyer's fees, and asked for an itemized accounting. The Bar held that the lawyer had no duty to itemize fees to a non-client, even if the non-client is paying the fees (although other provisions of the Code apply whether or not the lawyer is acting in a professional capacity for those with whom the lawyer deals).

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn