These summaries were prepared by McGuireWoods LLP lawyer Thomas E. Spahn. They are based on the letter opinions issued by the Virginia State Bar. Any editorial comments reflect Mr. Spahn's current personal views, and not the opinions of the Virginia State Bar, McGuireWoods or its clients. 
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18-Consent and Prospective Waivers

44-Conflicts - Miscellaneous

73-Family Law Lawyers

It is not per se improper for a legal aid office to undertake a limited representation of a divorce client as long as the client fully understands and consents to the limited representation (which would not include any litigation or support, custody or property issues). The Bar warns that the disclosure and consent must be carefully addressed because the legal aid client may feel that the client has no choice but to agree to the limitation.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn