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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25-Dealing with Unrepresented People

73-Family Law Lawyers

A lawyer may not prepare pleading for the unrepresented party in a divorce matter, even if both parties would benefit from the pleading. [Va. Code § 20-99.1:1 permits a lawyer to prepare certain pleadings for an unrepresented opponent in a domestic relations matter.]

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