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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14-Ownership of Files and Attorney Lien Issues


45-Law Firms - Miscellaneous

There is no per se prohibition on lawyers keeping all of their files in electronic form, but lawyers must: (1) retain paper documents that might be required (such as "testamentary documents, marriage certificates, or handwriting exemplars"); (2) recognize that although the rules "do not specify the form of file maintenance," a lawyer considering destroying a client's paper file "should review that file to make sure that any documents that may be of continued use or benefit to the client only if they are maintained in paper form are not destroyed."

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn