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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3-Multiple Representations on the Same Matter

18-Consent and Prospective Waivers

A widow and her minor children have a potential interest in a partition suit. The widow's claim has been challenged because she allegedly deserted her husband (the deceased beneficiary). A lawyer may not represent both the widow and the children, because there is a potential adversity between them. The children are not capable of giving consent, so the lawyer may not represent the widow. However, if the widow consents, the lawyer may represent the children.

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