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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14-Ownership of Files and Attorney Lien Issues

31-Protecting and Disclosing Confidences and Secrets

A lawyer's files may be reviewed to determine if non-legal documents may be given to an institution (for historic archives) as long as the attorney-client privilege is not breached by having an outsider examine the files.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn