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

36-Withdrawal from Representations

A lawyer may withdraw from representing a personal injury client before filing a lawsuit as long as the lawyer advises the client of: the withdrawal; the applicable statute of limitations; the necessity of the client hiring another lawyer; and the client's entitlement to the return of papers and property. (4/10/84) [Rule 1.16(e) governs a lawyer's duty to provide files to a former client.]

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