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Adopted | new Rule 5.8. Approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia February 27, 2015. Effective May 1, 2015.

Rule 5.8 Procedures For Notification to Clients When a Lawyer Leaves a Law Firm or When a Law Firm Dissolves

view the Supreme Court of Virginia order (PDF file)

The proposed rule codifies a number of the suggestions from LEOs on departing lawyers’ obligations into more concrete steps to follow.

Updated: January 5, 2017