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Ad litem

Definition of the adjective Ad litem

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  1. For the purpose of a legal case, as in guardian ad litem.


Ad litem is a term used in law to refer to the appointment by a court of one party to act in a lawsuit on behalf of another party—for instance, a child or an incapacitated adult—who is deemed incapable of representing him or herself. An individual who acts in this capacity is generally called a guardian ad litem; in Scotland the equivalent is a curator ad litem. This term is no longer used in England and Wales since the amendment of the Children Act 1989, which established the role of children's guardian instead.. The United States legal system, which at its inception was based on the English legal system, continues to use the terms guardian ad litem and attorney ad litem.

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Google previewThe Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America (1977)

Guardian ad Litem means a person appointed by the 41 Bureau of Indian Affaire, interior §11.900.

Google previewCivil Litigation (2013)

by Colette Reid, Law Society of Ireland

This affidavit is sworn by the defendant's solicitor and contains an averment that the proposed guardian ad litem is a fit and proper person to act as such and also confirms that the proposed guardian has no interest in the subject matter of the ...

Google previewAmerican Probate Law and Practice (1894)

A Complete and Practical Treatise ... Applicable to All the States by Frank Sumner Rice

guardian ad litem is a person appointed by a court to prosecute or defend an action or other proceeding on behalf of an infant, or lunatic, or idiot, who is plaintiff, defendant or respondent to a proceeding in the court. Dan. Ch. Pr. 146, 158; ...

Google previewe-Study Guide for: Elder Law by Nancy R Gallo, ISBN 9781401842574 (2012)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Ad litem: Ad litem is a term usedinlawto referto a party appointed by a courtto actin a lawsuit on behalf of another partyfor instance, a child or an incapacitated adultwho is deemed incapable of representing him or herself. An individual who acts ...

Google previewBuilding Relationships and Communicating with Young Children (2010)

A Practical Guide for Social Workers by Karen Winter

A Guardian ad Litem is a qualified social worker appointed by the courts to represent children in court proceedings in private matters (divorce and separation) and public matters (care proceedings instigated by local authorities/ trusts). For the ...

Google previewe-Study Guide for: The Litigation Paralegal (2012)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Ad litem is a term used.

Google previewCarroll's Civil and Criminal Codes of Practice of Kentucky (1919)

With Notes of Decisions of the Court of Appeals to January, 1919 : Amendments and Acts Relating to Codes of January, 1919 by Kentucky

The rendition of a judgment against an infant without appointment and defense by the guardian ad litem is a clerical misprision, and is not appealable until presented to and acted upon bv the circuit court. Reynolds v. Steel, 170 Ky. 153.

Google previewNolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary (2009)

by Gerald Hill Attorney

(see also: administrator ad litem, administrator ad prosequendum, administrator cum testamento annexo, administrator de bonis non, administrator de bonis non cum testamento annexo (dBnCta), administrator pendente lite, administrator with ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law (1996)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

LETTER 2; compare EXECUTOR, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE administrator ad litem : an administrator appointed to represent an estate that is a necessary party to a lawsuit administrator cum testamento annexe : ADMINISTRATOR WITH ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Adoption (2007)

by Christine A. Adamec, Laurie C. Miller

guardian ad litem An individual, usually an attorney, appointed by the court to represent a child's best interests, often in relation to CUSTODY. Social workers will present the state's view of who should be given custody, ...

Google previewDictionary of the Law of Scotland (1826)

by Robert Bell, William Bell, Sir John Skene

Curator ad litem Judicial proceedings, in which a minor is interested, may be of so serious importance to him, that, in every case, our law requires that a curator for the minor be made a party. Where the minor has already curators, they are of ...

Google previewMellinkoff's Dictionary of American Legal Usage (2009)

by David Mellinkoff

guardian ad litem (L., ad LIGHT-em: for the lawsuit): a person appointed by a court (or permitted by a court) to sue, or defend a lawsuit, for someone who is under legal disability. < The plaintiff is Mary Smith, guardian ad litem for Joe Smith, ...

Google previewWorld Dictionary of Foreign Expressions (1999)

A Resource for Readers and Writers by Gabriel Adeleye, Kofi Acquah-Dadzie

ad litem adj./ adv.

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2001)

by Bryan A. Garner

ad litem [L. "for the suit"]. Formerly — and still in English law — a guardian ad litem represented only an underage defendant (a next friend or prochein ami representing an underage plaintiff). BrE retains this restrictive sense ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Law (2015)

by Jonathan Law

administration order ad litem [Latin: as regards the action] A grant ad litem is the appointment by a court of a person to act on behalf of an estate in court proceedings, when the estate's proper representatives are unable or unwilling to act.

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