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

18-Consent and Prospective Waivers

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

73-Family Law Lawyers

A lawyer representing an ex-wife in a custody matter may not also represent the ex-wife and child in a criminal matter (because the custody dispute relates to the mother's lack of parental supervision). It is not obvious that the lawyer could adequately represent both the ex-wife and the child, and consent is impossible because the minor child could not consent.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn