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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7-Family Conflicts

A legal aid lawyer may not represent a client against a party represented by the lawyer's spouse, although the spouse's law firm may defend case if there is disclosure and consent. [Rule 1.8(i) now allows related lawyers to be directly adverse to one another if the clients consent.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn