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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18-Consent and Prospective Waivers

67-Lawyers Acting as Guardians Ad Litem"

A lawyer may act as a guardian ad litem for a child even though the lawyer previously practiced in the same law firm as another lawyer now representing the husband in a custody dispute in which the lawyer serves as the child's guardian ad litem, because the lawyer acting as guardian ad litem "did no work on the matter and learned no information about it" while the lawyer was at that firm; although the lawyer did not need consent to proceed, any possibly required consent would have to come from the court rather than from the wife/mother.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn