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January 10, 2023

Supreme Court of Virginia Approves LEO 1899 and Amends Legal Aid Counsel Rule

On Friday, January 6, the Supreme Court of Virginia approved Legal Ethics Opinion 1899 which questioned whether a lawyer representing a client on a flat (or fixed) fee agreement can provide for an alternative fee arrangement (a conversion clause) if the client terminates the relationship without cause. The Court concluded that the fee agreement may include a conversion clause so long as the alternative fee is reasonable and made clear to the client at the outset of representation.

View the Court’s order.

The Court also amended Rule 1A:9. Virginia Legal Aid Counsel, the Rule that allows non-Virginia lawyers to apply for a certificate as a Virginia Legal Aid Counsel to practice in Virginia when employed by a Virginia Licensed Legal Aid Society.

View the Court’s order.

Updated: Jan 10, 2023