guardian ad litem

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(1) A person authorised under applicable state or local law to give permission on behalf of a child for general medical care
(2) A person, usually an attorney, who is appointed by the court to represent the best interests of a child or persons of 'diminished capacity'
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guard·i·an ad li·tem

(gahrdē-ăn ad lītem)
Latin phrase meaning a person with a legal authority and corresponding duty to care for the personal and property interests of another person, although rights and responsibilities vary by governmental jurisdiction.
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The guardian ad litem is also charged with investigating the identity of all heirs residing in There are many cases in which there are unknown heirs whom require proper identification.
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Finally, the court ruled that guardian ad litems are entitled to quasi-judicial immunity, which provides an absolute bar to lawsuits for actions taken while they exercise their judicial function.
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But a minority group, led by Statewide Guardian ad Litem Executive Director Alan Abramowitz, disputes the majority report's most basic assumptions, including the need to assign an attorney to every child in dependency.