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When Mom and Dad Are Paying the Bills: The Ethics of Payments by Third Parties in Virginia

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Produced on October 31, 2018

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Ethics Business, Corporate, & Securities

Course Description

This ethics course will analyze attorneys' duties and obstacles when a third-party is footing the bill. Using the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct as a guideline it will address the steps that should be taken to protect the client's best interest. It will also look at the law of privilege and waiver, rules governing the representation of multiple parties, and how those concepts apply to payments by third-parties.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct (and the relevant comments to those rules) at play when a third party is paying the bills
  2. Analyze the ABA Model Rules in order to understand key points of divergence
  3. Analyze privilege and waiver issues that may apply when a third party is paying the bills and when the third party might want access to key case information or strategy
  4. Consider whether it is possible or advisable to extend the scope of the representation to include the third party payor

Credit Information

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Jesse Binnall

Harvey & Binnall, PLLC

Jesse R. Binnall is a partner at Harvey & Binnall, PLLC. He has tried cases in state and federal courts in various jurisdictions throughout the United States. Mr. Binnall’s practice focuses on civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, international disputes, business and non-profit law, appellate litigation, election law, virtual currencies (i.e. Bitcoin), parliamentary law and procedure, and alternative dispute resolution (i.e. arbitration and mediation). He also is proud to help companies develop innovative legal strategies to combat overregulation and government cyber-snooping. Many of Mr. Binnall’s clients use his knowledge to take active steps to avoid the courtroom entirely. He advises entrepreneurs on business formation, contractors on complex construction negotiations, and political candidates and committees on election law matters. He also is proud of his accomplishments working as a productive and collaborative member of civil and criminal joint defense teams.

Mr. Binnall has been a featured guest, discussing law and technology issues, on various new and traditional media outlets, including the Huffington Post, the New York Times, Wired, Forbes, DemocracyNow, the Ron Paul Channel, and Lawyer2Laywer. He has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. Only 2% of Virginia lawyers are selected to receive this honor. He is also rated as “Excellent” by Avvo.com.

Before starting his career as an attorney, Mr. Binnall was a professional parliamentarian and public relations consultant. He continues to advise organizations large and small on meeting procedure (including Robert’s Rules of Order), bylaw drafting and interpretation, and other parliamentary matters. Mr. Binnall is an avid private pilot. He also enjoys sailing, and SCUBA diving.


Michael S.

Nice presentation

Gaston W.

Well done.

John G.

Great course!

Elizabeth F.

Provides invaluable advice for meeting difficult ethical challenges

Maeve T.


John M.

Well done.

Joshua B.

Jesse did a wonderful job!

Adria B.

Well done and thorough!

Richard F.

Good coverage of focused topic with ample references to specific rules governing representation.

Jeffrey D.


William H.

Very interesting. Good presentation.

B.A. S.

Good presentation.

Taylor B.

Great course and engaging presenter. Appreciate him taking live questions.

Julie S.

Excellent program, timely content, and helpful written materials.

Caroline F.

Pleasantly surprised that this encompassed more than just parent/ child relationships and focused a good bit on other types of payor/ client relationships.

Dan O.

One of the better VA ethics programs I have seen. A good watch for any VA lawyer.

Michelle H.

Excellent course. Great structure, content and presentation.

Bridget M.

Great job with answering the questions live and being engaging with the audience.

Chase L.

Very Informative and state specific

Kathleen D.

Excellent. Thought provoking and thorough.

Joseph M.

Excellent speaker.

Andrew M.

Great course with lots of great content. Presenter was perfect.

James R.

Good Q & A

Merry W.

Very informative and well presented!

Jason W.

Great presentation on a common issue.

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