LEO: Guardian Ad Litem - Appearance of  LE Op. 608


Guardian Ad Litem - Appearance of Impropriety/Conflict

of Interest.


September 14, 1984


It is not improper for an attorney to serve as guardian ad litem in a

mental health commitment hearing when a superior/subordinate relationship

exists between the attorney's wife/director of social work services and a

social worker who testifies in the hearing about the ward, whether or not

the ward who is the subject of the hearing is capable of giving informed

consent. [ DR:5-105, DR:9-101, EC:9-2]


Committee Opinion September 14, 1984