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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3-Multiple Representations on the Same Matter

58-Real Estate Lawyers

A lawyer may represent the buyer and seller in a real estate transaction as long there is consent after full disclosure. Designating a place of settlement or the tendering of a deed on behalf of a party does not necessarily create an attorney-client relationship. [The lawyer almost surely could not represent either the buyer or the seller if adversity developed between them.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn