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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4-Witness-Advocate Rule

A lawyer handling collection cases may appear as a witness as to the amount owed, as long as the trial is uncontested as a result of the defendant's failure to appear.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn