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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42-Payments to Solicit Recommendations

58-Real Estate Lawyers

A lawyer may represent a party in a real estate settlement upon recommendation of a real estate firm, as long as the client consents to the arrangement and is free to hire any lawyer. [The lawyer would be prohibited from giving the real estate firm anything of value in return for this recommendation.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn