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

13-Marketing - Miscellaneous

38-Fee Splitting

42-Payments to Solicit Recommendations

A collections lawyer may not pay a percentage of the lawyer's fee to a company that offers an electronic communications system to facilitate the collections, because it would amount to impermissible fee-splitting with a non-lawyer. This rule would also apply if the company referred collections clients to the lawyer.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn