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

31-Protecting and Disclosing Confidences and Secrets

76-Trust and Estate Lawyers

A lawyer represented a husband and wife in preparing a contract for joint wills. After the husband dies, the wife's daughter tells the lawyer that her mother destroyed the contract and intends to prepare a new will in defiance of the contract.Because the lawyer was not representing the wife when this alleged activity took place, any fraud had not occurred "during the course of the representation" and the lawyer was therefore not governed by the Disciplinary Rule permitting disclosure of fraud on third parties that occurred during the course of the representation.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn