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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2-Adversity to Former Clients

58-Real Estate Lawyers

64-Lawyers Acting as Deed of Trust Trustees

66-Lawyers Acting as "Scriveners"

Under certain circumstances, a lawyer may represent a borrower and also serve as trustee without obtaining the borrower's consent (as long as the lawyer has acted as a "scrivener" in the deal, has not given any advice to the borrower, and does not continue to represent the borrower after the closing). If the lawyer (or anyone in the firm) has had any legal role in preparing the terms of any of the documents, the lawyer may act as trustee only with consent [This LEO vacated inconsistent portions of LEO 359; LEO 524; LEO 659; LEO 679.][Superseded in LEO 1803, which held that the existence of an attorney client relationship depends on the lawyer's action rather than a mere title, and holding that the attorney client relationship would arise between prisoners and lawyers practicing at a state prison if the lawyers did anything more than simply typing up what the prisoner wrote].

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn