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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16-Lawyer's Personal Interests

A lawyer may not prepare an instrument giving the lawyer or a member of the lawyer's family any gift from a client, unless the lawyer is the client's relative. If the client wishes to have a lawyer select charities to whom the client's bequest should be distributed, the client should use a trust. [Under Rule 1.10(a), this disqualification is now imputed to the lawyer's entire firm.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn