LEO: Guardian Ad Litem - Fees LE Op. 385
Guardian Ad Litem - Fees.
August 20, 1980
It would be ethically impermissible for an attorney appointed to
represent another as guardian ad litem to receive any form of compensation
from an attorney representing the adverse party in the case. [See ECs 5-22
and 2-24; DR:5-106(A).] Furthermore, it would not be ethically proper
for the guardian ad litem to enter into an agreement whereby he would be
compensated from the award granted in a separate case in which he also
acts as guardian ad litem for his client. [See DR:5-106(A), see also Va.
Code § 8.01-9(A) (1950).] There is no specific ethical requirement that
a lawyer serving as guardian ad litem appeal an adverse ruling on behalf
of his ward. [However, see DR:6-101 and DR:7-101(A) and (B) (2).]
Committee Opinion August 20, 1980
See also LE Op. 607.