guardian ad litem
guardian ad litem see guardian

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

guardian ad litem
the now obsolete term for a person appointed by the court to represent a minor in proceedings affecting his interests. See now litigation friend.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


guardian ad litem
A person, not necessarily a lawyer, who is appointed by a court to represent and protect the interests of a child or an incapacitated adult during a lawsuit. For example, a minor who is a party to a lawsuit must have a guardian ad litem (often a parent) to act in the minor's behalf with regard to decisions like whether or not to take a settlement offer. A guardian ad litem (GAL) may also be appointed to represent a child whose parents are locked in a contentious battle for custody.
Category: Divorce & Family Law → Divorce, Child Support & Custody
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Estates, Executors & Probate Court

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

guardian ad litem
next friend/guardian ad litem
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


guardian ad litem
n. Representative appointed by a court to protect and represent the interests of one incapable of acting on own behalf, such as child or incompetent person.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


guardian ad litem
A guardian appointed by the court to represent the interests of infants, the unborn, or incompetent persons in legal actions.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


guardian ad litem
A guardian appointed by the court to represent the interests of infants, the unborn, or incompetent persons in legal actions.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

guardian ad litem
n.
   a person appointed by the court only to take legal action on behalf of a minor or an adult not able to handle his/her own affairs. Duties may include filing a lawsuit for an injured child, defending a lawsuit or filing a claim against an estate. Usually a parent will file a petition to be appointed the guardian ad litem of a child hurt in an accident at the same time the lawsuit is filed.
   See also: ad litem

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Guardian ad litem — bezeichnet im Common Law eine Person, die Passivprozesse für einen Minderjährigen führt. Zur Rechtslage in einzelnen Ländern siehe: Guardian ad litem (England und Wales) Guardian ad litem (Vereinigte Staaten) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Guardian ad litem — Guardian Guard i*an, n. [OF. guardain, gardien, F. gardien, LL. guardianus. See {Guard}, v. t., and cf. {Wasden}.] 1. One who guards, preserves, or secures; one to whom any person or thing is committed for protection, security, or preservation… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • guardián ad litem — (en derecho) persona a la que cita un tribunal para acusar o defender un caso de un niño o una persona incapacitada. A veces se nombra cuando la vida de una persona está en peligro inminente y la persona rechaza el tratamien …   Diccionario médico

  • guardian ad litem — A guardian ad litem is a special guardian appointed by the court in which a particular litigation is pending to represent an infant, ward or unborn person in that particular litigation, and the status of guardian ad litem exists only in that… …   Black's law dictionary

  • guardian ad litem — A guardian ad litem is a special guardian appointed by the court in which a particular litigation is pending to represent an infant, ward or unborn person in that particular litigation, and the status of guardian ad litem exists only in that… …   Black's law dictionary

  • guardian ad litem — noun : a guardian appointed by a court to represent in a particular lawsuit the interests of a party who is minor or an incompetent person or of a person unborn or unascertained who may become interested in property involved in the litigation * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • guardian ad litem — /gahr dee euhn ad luy teuhm/, Law. a person appointed by a court as guardian of an infant or other person to act on his or her behalf in a particular action or proceeding. Cf. next friend. * * * …   Universalium

  • guardian ad litem — noun An individual (often a lawyer) appointed to represent the best interests of a child or incapacitated person for the purpose of a legal procedure …   Wiktionary

  • guardian ad litem — person who is appointed to act on behalf of a child during a legal proceeding …   English contemporary dictionary

  • guardian ad litem — A person appointed by the court during the course of litigation, in which an infant or a person mentally incompetent is a party, to represent and protect the interests of the infant or incompetent …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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