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 lawyer may represent a client against a party represented by the lawyer's spouse's law firm, as long as there is disclosure and consent; disclosure and consent is required if the lawyer's employer (legal aid) represents a party against client of the spouse's law firm, even if neither spouse would work on the matter. [Absent special circumstances, consent should not be required if neither spouse, or only one spouse, would work on the matter.]

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