Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Not Law But Tax

Here's a description of what sounds like an interesting bar discipline matter taken from the web page of the Virginia State Bar.  Unfortunately, there is no link to the decision. If there is an analysis of the distinction between legal and tax services for purposes of application of the rules regulating lawyers, it would be worth a look.

VSB Docket Nos. 03-051-0361, 04-051-0859, and 05-051-3855

Fairfax County Circuit Court Case No. 2006-10928

On March 19, 2008, a three-judge panel of the Fairfax County Circuit Court imposed a public admonition with terms on Ernest Kenneth Wall. Mr. Wall violated the Rule of Professional Conduct that forbids misleading information in public communications concerning a lawyer's services. Mr. Wall must make revisions to solicitation letters, contracts, and website contents that he uses in his business, which provides tax services but not legal services. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Wall.

(Mike Frisch)


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It may be published in Virginia Circuit Court Cases, available in print and online from Lexis. Opinions are submitted by the judges and selected for publication by the editors, so it may be several months before this opinion appears assuming it is selected.

Posted by: Ted McClure | Mar 25, 2008 3:23:07 PM

Thanks--that is good to know. The Bar web page has links to some, but not all, disciplinary orders.

Posted by: Mike Frisch | Mar 25, 2008 5:09:29 PM

I have the opinion. You can email them to get it.

Posted by: Brian | Mar 26, 2008 3:26:13 PM

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