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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73-Family Law Lawyers

81-Communicating with an Adversary's Health Provider

A lawyer may contact an adversary's treating physician, although courtesy would demand that the lawyer advise the adversary before doing so. Here, a defense lawyer was also permitted to initiate ex parte communications with the plaintiff's estranged wife. [Such contact would now be improper under Va. Code § 8.01-399(D).]

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