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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2-Adversity to Former Clients

18-Consent and Prospective Waivers

76-Trust and Estate Lawyers

A wife is injured in a car accident in which her husband is killed. A lawyer represents her in suing the husband's estate for negligence, and the case is settled. One year later, the wife (now administratrix of her husband's estate) sues a third party, claiming that it negligently caused the accident. The lawyer's current representation of the wife against the third party does not violate the Code because the wife "is in a position to waive any conflict both as administratrix of the estate and on her own behalf."

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn