The guardian ad litem
is also charged with investigating the identity of all heirs residing in Cuba.st There are many cases in which there are unknown heirs whom require proper identification.
The guardian ad litem
is an independent, objective adult with the sole purpose of advocating the best interests of the child in abuse and neglect proceedings.
"Seventy-five to 80 percent of (guardian ad litem
) appointments made by a judge are for CASA," she added.
the guardian ad litem
shall provide to the court such other assistance as may be required', and Rule 15, which gives the court a power to vary or revoke directions for the conduct of the proceedings.
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.
The same pattern has now occurred under Terri's Law, which explicitly requires a guardian ad litem
be appointed for a patient whose dehydration has been suspended by the governor.
When a Florida judge appointed a guardian ad litem
for a fetus, the state's highest court overturned his decision.
Where the child's expressed preference would injure the child--as opposed to merely being contrary to the lawyer's opinion of what would be in the child's interests--the lawyer may request appointment of a guardian ad litem
and continue to represent the child's expressed preference, unless the child's position is prohibited by law or without any factual foundation.
For more information about Guardian ad Litem
or Child Representative practice and Lavelle Law's Family Law practice, read Hurley's recent post https://www.lavellelaw.com/appointment-of-attorney-for-child-child-repr esentative-and-guardian-ad-litem.
Current state law only requires that a guardian ad litem
appointed in these cases be a licensed Wisconsin attorney.
To date, Speak Up's GALA events have raised over $200,000, directly supporting Palm Beach County's Guardian ad Litem
Program and, on average, the 1,650 Palm Beach County children they represent.
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.