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How do I ask for a lawyer in a Petition for Appointment of Guardian of Minor case?

File the form called “Application for Appointment of Counsel For Parent of Minor Child Guardianship of Minor “ to ask the court to appoint a lawyer.

This form tells the court you cannot afford a lawyer so you need the court to appoint a lawyer for you. Then the state will pay the lawyer .

Even if the state pays the lawyer, the court asks you to pay a $150.00 “counsel fee assessment”. If you cannot afford the $150, check the box on the form to ask the court to “waive” the $150 counsel assessment fee. “Waiving” the fee means they will not make you pay it.

When you file the application, the court will ask you to sign a consent form that allows them to check your income.

Get a blank Application for Appointment of Counsel For Parent of Minor Child Guardianship of Minor you can use.

Produced by Attorney Jeff Wolf for MassLegalHelp with consultation from Attorney Laura Gal, Community Legal Aid
Created September 2016

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