Maryland Courts

Court-Appointed Attorneys in Guardianship Proceedings

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Effective January 1, 2018, attorneys appointed to serve as counsel for minors or alleged disabled persons in guardianship proceedings under Md. Code, Estates and Trusts Article, Title 13 must meet the following requirements:

Md. Rule 10-106(b) Eligibility for Appointment

  1. (1) To be eligible for appointment, an attorney shall:
    1. (A) be a member in good standing of the Maryland bar;
    2. (B) provide evidence satisfactory to the court of financial responsibility; and
    3. (C) unless waived by the court for good cause, have been trained in the aspects of guardianship law and practice in conformance with the Maryland Guidelines for Court-Appointed Attorneys in Guardianship Proceedings

See: Rules Order filed 10-10-17

These requirements promote good practice and consistency in the appointment and performance of attorneys appointed to represent minors and alleged disabled persons in guardianship proceedings in the circuit and orphans’ courts.

Roster of Eligible Attorneys

The court will maintain a roster of attorneys eligible for appointment under Md. Rule 10-106 as amended by the Rules Order filed 10-10-17. The roster will list attorneys' contact information and jurisdictions they are willing to serve in. Appointments are made at the discretion of each court. Inclusion on the roster does not guarantee you will be appointed.

Complete the Application for Court-Appointed Attorneys in Guardianship Proceedings if you completed a training that meets the Maryland Guidelines requirements.

Click here for a list of Maryland Guidelines trainings.

Attorneys with other relevant training or experience seeking waiver of the training requirement should complete an Application Seeking Waiver of the Md. Rule 10-106(b)(1)(C) Training Requirement and file it along with supporting documentation in each court you are willing to accept appointments. If approved for appointment in a particular court, notify guardianship@mdcourts.gov.

Host a Training

The Guardianship/Vulnerable Adults Workgroup of the Maryland Judiciary’s Domestic Law Committee is committed to working with external justice partners to organize trainings that meet the Maryland Guidelines requirements. If you would like to sponsor a training the Training Programs for Court-Appointed Attorneys in Guardianship Proceedins information sheet. Trainings that meet the requirements will be added to the list of Maryland Guidelines Trainings.

Court Appointed Attorneys Program

The Court Appointed Attorney Program (CAAP) was established by the Department of Human Services, Maryland Legal Services Program (MLSP) to allow private attorneys statewide, to provide legal representation in cases where a conflict of interest in representation arises with an MLSP provider. CAAP ensures that the rights of indigent alleged vulnerable adults are protected throughout the entire court experience in Adult proceedings. To learn more, see Department of Human Services CAAP Policy and Request for Payment Forms.