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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22-Interviews with Prospective Clients

73-Family Law Lawyers

A lawyer may not represent a wife in a divorce action when an associate had discussed the divorce with the husband (but had not been hired). The Bar noted that the lawyer requesting the Opinion lived in a small town and therefore "a moderately knowledgeable person could visit the office of each trial lawyer in town, without actual intention of hiring any of them, then retain counsel, and claim that every other lawyer was disqualified."

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn