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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2-Adversity to Former Clients

3-Multiple Representations on the Same Matter

58-Real Estate Lawyers

64-Lawyers Acting as Deed of Trust Trustees

A lawyer representing both a real estate buyer and seller may not later represent one against the other without consent. A lawyer representing a borrower may serve as a trustee under a deed of trust without obtaining the borrower's consent if the lawyer "has in no way advised or counseled" the borrower about the deed of trust or note and did not continue a relationship with the borrower after closing. In such circumstances, the lawyer may also foreclose without obtaining the borrower's consent. (Adopted 3/8/88; effective 5/24/88)

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn