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Statutory Provisions For Guardians ad Litem
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A guardian ad litem is a guardian that a court appoints to watch after someone during a case. The person being watched over is called a ward , and a court will appoint someone to watch after the ward when the ward cannot take care of himself or herself. This is typically because the ward is a minor or is legally incompetent. Unlike typical guardians or conservators , guardians ad litem only protect their wards' interests in a single case. Courts most frequently appoint guardians ad litem in parents' disputes over child custody of their children.
Serving as a guardian for a disabled adult age 18 and older is a serious responsibility. As guardian, you have been given control over certain or all aspects of the person's life. At all times, you must follow the law, the guardianship order, and any other specific court orders pertaining to your guardianship. You must act in the ward's best interests and avoid any conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety when handling the ward's affairs.
Last Updated: October 14, References Approved. This article was co-authored by Clinton M. Sandvick, JD, PhD. Clinton M.