Legal definition of guardian ad litem
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guardian ad litem
In most jurisdictions, an attorney, before entering upon his duties as a guardian ad litem shall file a consent to act and a statement of no interest adverse to or in conflict with the person under disability.
Guardians ad item shell be compensated for their services. I.g, in NY, they can be paid either from the estate,or the interest of the person under disability, or for good cause shown, any other party.
Source: NY Surrogate's Court Procedure Act. website
Literal translation: guardian for the case.
Definition and use: an independent party appointed in family law disputes to represent parties that cannot represent themselves, such as minors, developmentally disabled, or elderly.
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