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Guardian ad litems are advocates appointed by the courts and charged with conducting investigations, independent of the Department of Social Services, and then filing reports outlining what they believe is in the best interest of the child they speak for.
However, that does not mean that the guardian ad litem cannot participate in the evidentiary portion of the trial.
Young said the case came at a serendipitous time in that the Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office had been working with the legislature to clarify the consideration courts must give to the best interests of the child under the statute.
The guardian ad litem must notify OFAC of the name, interest, and addresses of the Cuban heirs involved in the estate, as well as the filing of an oath of the guardian ad litem with the probate court.
(89) Two additional advocates apart from the child's attorney are the guardian ad litem and the CASA representative.
"In most of our cases, the (guardian ad litem) is able to articulate the best interests of the child and the child's wishes.
Further, while it was accepted that both the guardian ad litem agency (NIGALA) and the resident magistrate are public authorities for the purposes of section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998, and as such have obligations to ensure a fair trial, it was claimed that Article 6 does not impose the same obligation in all types of cases.
She also asserted an appointed guardian ad litem negligently failed to fulfill her duty to her father when she did not advocate for his best interests.
Terri once had a guardian ad litem, attorney Richard L.
But his tactics won him a following among antiabortion activists, and Alabama legislators soon proposed a law permitting a judge to appoint a guardian ad litem for the fetus of every underage woman seeking an abortion, "so that the court may make an informed decision and do substantial justice." With Attorney General Bill Pryor's support, the Alabama House passed the bill earlier this year.
The standard adds that for children who cannot express a preference, the attorney should try to determine the child's wishes or request appointment of a guardian ad litem. If the child cannot or will not express a preference about particular issues, then, the standard says, the child's attorney should determine and advocate the child's legal interests.
Hurley, attorney at Schaumburg-based Lavelle Law, was recently certified as a Guardian ad Litem and Child Representative in Cook County, Illinois.