Discretionary appointment of counsel

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Legislation, Guardianship/Conservatorship of Adults - Ward

VA Code Ann. § 64.2-2006 states that in a guardianship proceeding:

 

The respondent has the right to be represented by counsel of the respondent's choice. If the respondent is not represented by counsel, the court may appoint legal counsel, upon the filing of the petition or at any time prior to the entry of the order upon request of the respondent or the guardian ad litem, if the court determines that counsel is needed to protect the respondent's interest. Counsel appointed by the court shall be paid a fee that is fixed by the court to be taxed as part of the costs of the proceeding.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no