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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36-Withdrawal from Representations


43-Conflicts of Interest - Miscellaneous

A lawyer whose client has become incompetent may take protective action, including petitioning for the appointment of a guardian (although the lawyer may not represent a third party in seeking a guardian). The appointment of a guardian should be a last resort, and the lawyer may withdraw only if it will not prejudice the client.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn