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

4-Witness-Advocate Rule

30-Disclosing Confidences Under Court Order

58-Real Estate Lawyers

A lawyer representing both the buyer and seller in a real estate transaction must advise both clients that "he will not be able to represent either party against the other if a dispute should arise." The lawyer may testify on behalf of one of the parties if the other former client consents or the court orders it.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn