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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36-Withdrawal from Representations

A lawyer may withdraw from representing a client found mentally incompetent, even if the client wants to appeal the commitment order, as long as the lawyer believes that existing law supports the court's order, but the lawyer must prosecute the appeal if the court denies the withdrawal motion. [Rule 1.14 provides guidance to lawyers representing clients under a disability.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn