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

75-Representing Estates and Executors

76-Trust and Estate Lawyers

Three co-executors each hired their own lawyer and a fourth lawyer to represent the estate. The fourth lawyer had an attorney-client relationship with all three executors. The executors later became trustees, and began to quarrel. The fourth lawyer may not continue to represent two of the executor/ trustees unless the third one consented.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn