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Banks Could Close Their Own Loans (access required)

Even if conducting a real estate settlement is the practice of law, banks and consumers could still represent themselves in a closing, according to a report issued by the Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law. ...

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Norfolk's Edmonds Resigns, Blasts Colleagues (access required)

By Christopher Gatewood, Assistant Editor A Norfolk Circuit judge who resigned during a Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission investigation says he did not step down because of the investigation, but because the circuit’s eight other judges were against him. Luther ...

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The Debate Over UPL #183: PRO (access required)

Editor’s Note: The following two pages feature a selection of comments received by the Virginia State Bar on Unauthorized Practice of Law Opinion #183, which declares that real estate closings are the practice of law. The “pro” comments favor approval ...

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The Debat Over UPL # 183: CON (access required)

…Upon occasion, I work with relocation companies in the course of their selling properties. In these instances I function under a power of attorney on behalf of sellers at the actual closing. Many of these closings have been conducted by ...

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