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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16-Lawyer's Personal Interests

44-Conflicts - Miscellaneous

60-Lawyers Acting as Trustees

61-Lawyers Acting as Executors

76-Trust and Estate Lawyers

A lawyer may provide free will-writing services to members of a religious organization. The services will create an attorney-client relationship in which the lawyer owes a duty solely to the non-paying client. Although not unethical in every case, it probably would be improper for the lawyer to be named as trustee or executor in such a will.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn