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 lawyer may not bill more than one client for the same time period (such as traveling); a simple bill indicating a dollar figure probably will not contain sufficient disclosure; a lawyer may not bill a client for more time than actually spent on the client's behalf; unless the client consents after full disclosure, a lawyer may not charge a client for more than the lawyer's out-of-pocket costs or expenses plus a "reasonable allocation of overhead expense directly associated with the provision of the service."

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn