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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1-Adversity to Current Clients

76-Trust and Estate Lawyers

A lawyer may not represent a client in a will dispute when the lawyer's partner represents ("even in the smallest way") the adverse party in an unrelated matter. The Bar "does not believe that a firm or an individual attorney may ethically represent a given client at the same time that they are suing the same client, regardless of whether or not the matters in the separate litigation are the same or substantially related."

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn