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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14-Ownership of Files and Attorney Lien Issues

76-Trust and Estate Lawyers

A lawyer prepared a will for a client, but the client died before signing the will. Upon request, the lawyer must turn over the unexecuted will and the rest of the file to the deceased client's personal representative (assuming no fees are owed). [Rule 1.16(e) now governs a lawyer's duty to provide files to a former client.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn