Professional Regulation

Ethics Questions and Opinions

E-mail Ethics Hotline

Legal Ethics Hotline

The Ethics Hotline is a confidential consultation service for members of the Virginia State Bar. Nonlawyers may submit only unauthorized practice of law questions. Before you submit a question, please review the FAQs about Legal Ethics and Trust Accounting.

Call the Ethics Hotline: Any member of the bar may seek informal ethics or unauthorized practice of law advice by calling the Ethics Hotline at (804) 775-0564. You will be prompted to leave a voice mail message, and your call will be returned in the order of receipt.

Email the Ethics Hotline: Any member of the bar may submit a legal ethics question online. Depending on the complexity of your question, you will receive either an email response or a return phone call. The ethics staff strives to respond to your questions within the same day. 

Nonlawyers: If you are a member of the public and are questioning the ethical practice of a lawyer, please see How to File a Complaint About a Lawyer or call the Intake Department at (804) 775-0570. Virginia State Bar staff lawyers cannot give ethics opinions or legal advice to nonlawyers.

Updated: Aug 30, 2018