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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65-Lawyers Acting as Notaries

73-Family Law Lawyers

A lawyer representing a party in a divorce case (even an uncontested case) may not also serve as Notary Public before whom depositions are taken, because the role of advocate is inconsistent with the neutral role of a Notary Public (who acts as a witness to the authenticity of the testimony).

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn