Section 26-2A-142

Compensation; reimbursement; court costs.

(a) If not otherwise reasonably compensated for services rendered, any court representative, attorney, physician, conservator, or special conservator appointed in a protective proceeding and any attorney whose services resulted in a protective order or in an order that was beneficial to a protected person's estate is entitled to reasonable compensation from the estate. The conservator shall be allowed from the estate of the protective person all reasonable premiums paid on his or her bond and reimbursement of any court costs paid.

(b) If not otherwise reasonably compensated for services rendered, any court representative, attorney, physician appointed in a guardianship, and any attorney whose services resulted in a guardianship order or in an order that was beneficial to a ward is entitled to reasonable compensation from the estate. The guardian may be reimbursed from the estate of the ward for any court costs paid.

(c) Except when the petitioner is related by blood or marriage to the individual who is the subject of the proceeding, if the assets of the estate in a protective proceeding or in a guardianship proceeding are not sufficient to provide reasonable compensation and pay court costs as permitted in subsections (a) and (b), the compensation of any guardian ad litem, court representative, or physician appointed by the court and court costs associated with the petition or motion may be taxed by the court with regard to any particular petition or motion presented to the court to the petitioner as additional costs to the petitioner.

(Acts 1987, No. 87-590, p. 975, §2-313; Acts 1988, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 88-898, p. 455, §1; Act 2006-529, p. 1223, §1.)