These summaries were prepared by McGuireWoods LLP lawyer Thomas E. Spahn. They are based on the letter opinions issued by the Virginia State Bar. Any editorial comments reflect Mr. Spahn's current personal views, and not the opinions of the Virginia State Bar, McGuireWoods or its clients. 
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6-Lawyers Paid by Third Party

67-Lawyers Acting as Guardians Ad Litem"

Just as the court appoints a guardian ad litem, so the court must approve payment of the guardian ad litem's fee by a third party such as an insurance carrier (neither the minor nor the guardian can consent to such payment by a third party). Any lawyer paid by a third party must "maintain professional independence from that third party payor" and fulfill the ethical duty of confidentiality to the client.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn