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

Because "any lawyer's bill which charges fees or costs for work not actually performed is fraudulent," a lawyer may not secretly add a "value" factor above the fee determined by the hourly rate for time spent.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn