VIRGINIA UPL OPINION 97


Preparation and Representation Work by a Collection Agency.

Statements of account and affidavits of fact relating to accounts of a creditor are not legal instruments and, thus, the preparation of such documents by a collection agency is not the unauthorized practice of law. [See UPC 3-6; See also UPL Op. No. 51]

Additionally, a non-lawyer employee of a creditor, or a non-lawyer employee of a collection agency cannot represent (other than in the presentation of facts, figures or factual conclusions, as opposed to the presentation of legal conclusions) the interests of the creditor in general district court. [UPR 1-101, UPC 1-2]

Committee Opinion
November 13, 1986
Updated: Aug 28, 2006