I was served with a termination of parental rights and was appointed an attorney. After borrowing money I hired an attorney to represent me. Even though it was difficult to retain a pirate attorney I did so to ensure I prevent this from happening. The judge appointed a Guardian Ad Litem for the children and said I will be responsible for 1/2 of the cost of the guardian ad litem. I am a full time student and work part time. I dont know if I can pay for this service. Why would I be required to pay when this was initiated on me?
This is a question you need to ask your retained attorney. No other attorney can ethically discuss the case with you when you already have one.
Mr. Gillis is right that you should ask your retained attorney about this issue. He/she is on the spot, knows the players and your situation and was presumably in court when the order was announced. he/she can explain better than we can the judge's decision and advise as to possible remedies. I disagree however that it is unethical to answer these questions (although it is always wise on this limited forum to usually stick to generalities) because Rule 4.2 does not forbid second opinions. In fact, a comment to 4.2 indicates that: This Rule does not prohibit a lawyer who does not have a client relative to a particular matter from consulting with a person or entity who, though represented concerning the matter, seeks another opinion as to his or her legal situation. A lawyer from whom such an opinion is sought should, but is not required to, inform the first lawyer of his or her participation and advice.
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