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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25-Dealing with Unrepresented People

58-Real Estate Lawyers

A lawyer for a buyer in a real estate transaction asked that the seller execute a power of attorney authorizing the lawyer to sign necessary documents. Such a request would be improper if the seller was represented, and would be proper if the seller was unrepresented only if there was full disclosure of the lawyer's adversarial role and the seller's right to hire separate counsel.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn