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

60-Lawyers Acting as Trustees

76-Trust and Estate Lawyers

A lawyer prepared a decedent's will creating two trusts -- for the decedent's son and daughter. The lawyer and the lawyer's wife (who is also a lawyer) serve as trustees for both trusts. After the decedent died, the son and daughter began to quarrel about the trusts. The lawyer represented the daughter in a suit against the son. Because the Code applies to the lawyers' conduct as trustees, the actual conflict between the son and the daughter precludes the lawyer and his wife from continuing to serve as trustees.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn