Children and certain adults with special needs require important decisions to be made by someone else on their behalf. During the probate process for a deceased Tennessee resident's estate, individuals who are children or who have disabling challenges, may also require a special representative who can advocate for them in court. This representative is referred to as a guardian ad litem.
In Latin, guardian ad litem means "guardian for the lawsuit." The guardian serves the important role of representing the best interests of the child and/or adult with special needs.
At the Law Office of Mary C. Lagrone, we regularly serve as guardian ad litem to represent the interests of children and adults with special needs. By serving in the capacity of guardian ad litem, an attorney may appear in court on behalf of a person for whom family members are attempting to establish guardianship. In these situations, the guardian ad litem will assist in evaluating the needs of the person who requires care in order to determine whether the potential guardians are a good match.
A similar function to guardian ad litem applies to the probate process. For example, when a Tennessee resident dies before establishing a will, courts must appoint an individual to oversee how the estate assets will be distributed fairly and in accordance with Tennessee intestacy laws. In these situations, the individual who is serving as the representative of the estate will be charged with locating beneficiaries, settling debts, and other estate-related tasks.
At the Law Office of Mary C. Lagrone, we are available to talk to you about guardian ad litems as they might apply to your case. Can you and your family benefit from knowing more about guardian ad litem? Our law office is available to speak with you in-depth about your legal situation, options and needs.