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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30-Disclosing Confidences Under Court Order

31-Protecting and Disclosing Confidences and Secrets

75-Representing Estates and Executors

76-Trust and Estate Lawyers

A lawyer who previously represented a co-executor of an estate must follow the former client's directions and refuse to provide documents to the other co-executor's lawyer, despite an agreement among the co-executors that they would share financial information; although lawyers may disclose client confidences to comply with a "law or a court order," the co-executors contract is not "law"; any dispute about the contract should be handled by the lawyer currently representing the co-executor.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn