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Code of Virginia
Title 20. Domestic Relations
Chapter 11. Uniform Collaborative Law Act
9/29/2022

§ 20-176. Low-income parties; exception from imputed disqualification.

A. The disqualification provisions of § 20-175 apply to a collaborative lawyer representing a party with or without fee.

B. After a collaborative law process concludes, another lawyer in a law firm with which a collaborative lawyer disqualified pursuant to § 20-175 is associated may represent a party without fee in the collaborative matter or a matter related to such collaborative matter if:

1. The party has an annual income that qualifies the party for free legal representation under the criteria established by the law firm for free legal representation;

2. The collaborative law participation agreement so provides for such subsequent representation; and

3. The collaborative lawyer is isolated from any participation in the collaborative matter or a matter related to the collaborative matter through procedures within the law firm that are reasonably calculated to isolate the collaborative lawyer from such participation.

2021, Sp. Sess. I, c. 346.

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