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September 12, 2016

Legal Ethics Opinions Withdrawn

The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics has withdrawn thirteen Legal Ethics Opinions.

821: Advertisements

835: Fees—Collections

856: Solicitation of employment—Free estate planning seminars

862: Solicitation letter

926: Lawyer referral services

1003: Attorney—Relationship with financial advisor

1290: Nonlawyer employee: Use of for soliciting prospective clients

1348: Advertising and solicitation—Lawyer referral service: Propriety of nonlawyer screening calls and referring potential claims for attorney members

1380: Fees—Law firms—Aiding unauthorized practice of law—Splitting fees with nonlawyer: Arrangement between multi-jurisdictional offices of law firm

1543: Advertising—Recommendation of professional employment: Attorney paying “referral” service for “exclusive rights” to all prospective clients in four counties

1600: Aiding unauthorized practice of law—Nonlawyer personnel—Misconduct: Level of direct supervision of nonlawyer personnel required

1689: Attorney participation in referral service (legal-friend) that offers legal referrals to members at discount

1743: Virginia law firm forming partnership with a foreign legal consultant (FLC) when the FLC is a nonlawyer under the unauthorized practice rules and is not licensed in the U.S.

Updated: Sep 12, 2016