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Guardian ad Litem

A Guardian Ad Litem, generally an attorney, is appointed by a Court to represent a person under a legal disability.  Such people include minor children in custody actions or name changes, a person with a mental illness or impairment or an incarcerated individual.  The Guardian Ad Litem does not necessarily advocate for what the client wants.  Instead, the Guardian Ad Litem makes sure that the client's legal rights are protected and best interests served.  The Guardian Ad Litem provides a professional service for which payment is made.  For more specific descriptions of the Guardian Ad Litem's duties in different kinds of cases, See the Child Custody, Name Change, Adoption and Guardian and Conservatorship FAQs.





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