You will not likely be hiring me as a “Guardians Ad Litem”, but you might have to deal with one, after we file our Petition for Guardianship, Conservatorship, or other Probate Court petition.
Guardians Ad Litem, or GAL’s are local attorneys, appointed by the Probate Judge, to help investigate and report to the Judge on the merits of the Petition. A GAL’s duty might be to see if a certain petition should be granted, or to ensure that the rights of a vulnerable person are protected. I myself serve as a GAL in local courts.
A GAL is required to visit, and to report to the Court. If you have a Probate Court matter, involving a GAL, you would be wise to cooperate with that GAL. Because you know the Judge hearing your matter has regarded this attorney enough to appoint him/her as a GAL, it is a fair bet that the Judge will follow their recommendations closely. Call me, or e-mail me with any questions you might have on probate, or any other issues raised anywhere in this website.