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

Lawyers have no ethical duty to provide an “itemized accounting” of fees to non-clients who pay the lawyer. In contrast, lawyers must provide their clients “an itemized breakdown of legal fees” (declining to decide whether an attorney-client relationship existed between a borrower and a lawyer retained by the bank to handle a loan-related issue.)

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn