__[Attorney name]__
__[Telephone number]__

Attorney for __[e.g., Plaintiff]__, [name]__

            _ _ _ _ _ _ Court, County of _ _ _ _ _ _
                   __[_ _ _ _ _ _ District]__

__[See 19.25-19.26]__    )   No. _ _ _ _ _ _
                                                                          )PETITION FOR AUTHORIZATION
                                                                          )TO EMPLOY ATTORNEY AND FOR
                                                )APPROVAL OF FEE;
_________________________  )

__[Name]__ asks the Court to issue the order attached to this
petition and declares:
     1.   By order of this Court dated __[specify]__, I was
appointed guardian ad litem for __[e.g., plaintiff]__, __[name of
ward]__. This order has not been revoked, and I am now acting as
guardian ad litem.
     2.   __[I am informed and believe that __[name of ward]__
has a valid __[cause of action/defense]__ and that]__ __[it/It]__
is necessary to employ an attorney to protect the interests of
__[name of ward]__ in this proceeding.
     3.   __[Name of attorney]__ is a qualified attorney at law,
is entitled to practice law in the courts of this state, and has
agreed to represent __[name of ward]__ in this proceeding for the
fee noted below.
                      [Add if appropriate]
     4.   A reasonable fee for legal services in this action is
$_ _ _ _ _ _. I have entered into a contract, subject to approval
of this Court, for a reasonable attorneys' fee for legal services
to be rendered by __[name of attorney]__ in this action. A copy
of this contract is attached to this petition, marked Exhibit _ _
and incorporated by reference.
     [5.] __[Continue declarant's statements]__.
I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of
California that the foregoing is true and correct.
Date: _ _ _ _ _ _                                       [Signature]
                                                                                                                                            __[Typed name]__
                                                                                                                                            Guardian ad Litem

     The Court having considered the petition of __[name]__ as
guardian ad litem for __[name]__, __[a minor/an incompetent
person]__ and a __[plaintiff/defendant]__ in this action, for an
order authorizing the employment of an attorney and for approval
of that attorney's fee, and good cause appearing,
     1.   Petitioner be authorized, as guardian ad litem for
__[name of ward]__, to employ __[name of attorney]__ to represent
__[him/her]__ in __[pursuing/defending]__ this action.
     2.   Petitioner be further authorized to pay to __[name of
attorney]__ for __[his/her]__ legal services __[e.g., the amount
of $_ _ _ _ _ _/the fee provided for in the contract attached to
the petition and incorporated in it by reference]__.

Date: _ _ _ _ _ _                        ___________________________

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