Maybe. The court can (does not have to) appoint a lawyer to represent you in a minor guardianship case.
Ifyou cannot afford a lawyer (you are indigent), and you object to the guardianship and ask for a lawyer, or the court agrees for other reasons that you need a lawyer, the court must appoint you one at public expense (you do not have to pay for the lawyer). You will need to fill out and file the Motion to Appoint Lawyer if you want the court to appoint you one. Our packet, How to ask for a lawyer if you are a parent in a minor guardianship case, can help guide you through this process.
If you have submitted documents in the case, including an Objection to the guardianship, explaining that you cannot afford a lawyer, and have asked the court to appoint you one, the court should do so. If you get to the next hearing and the judge has not yet appointed a lawyer to represent you, you should ask the judge:
- When will the lawyer be appointed?
- How do you contact that lawyer?
- Does the judge agree that you have the right to a lawyer? If not, why not?