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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22-Interviews with Prospective Clients

24-Representation of or Adversity to Witnesses

73-Family Law Lawyers

A lawyer for an ex-wife may continue to represent her in a child custody matter even if the current wife (who will be a witness in the child custody matter) had asked the lawyer for advice about a child support issue (the lawyer had advised the present wife to see the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Intake Officer). The Bar held that the lawyer had not received any confidences in a "professional relationship" and in any event would not be barred from representing a third party (the ex-wife).

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn