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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13-Marketing - Miscellaneous

42-Payments to Solicit Recommendations

58-Real Estate Lawyers

A real estate developer may advise buyers that it will deduct $500 from closing costs if the buyer uses a designated lawyer, because the offer is not false or misleading. [This arrangement would violate Rule 7.3(a) if the lawyer gives "anything of value" to the developer. Although the Bar did not address this possibility, it seems unlikely that the developer would enter into this arrangement unless it received something in return from the lawyer.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn