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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 previewDivorce in Wisconsin (2015)

The Legal Process, Your Rights, and What to Expect by Linda Vanden Heuvel

and your spouse and your children's guardian ad litem, if applicable. A guardian ad litem is an attorney appointed to represent the best interests of your children if custody or placement is contested during the divorce. 4 Divorce in Wisconsin.

Google previewCivil Litigation (2016)

by CTI Reviews

CHAPTER HIGHLIGHTS: KEY TERMS, PEOPLE, PLACES, CONCEPTS ad litem: Ad litem is a term used in law to refer to a party appointed by a court to act in a lawsuit on behalf of another partyfor instance, a child or an incapacitated ...

Google previewJuvenile Justice (2010)

Theory and Practice by Cliff Roberson

A guardian ad litem is a person appointed by the court to promote and protect the interests of the juvenile. The guardian is normally not an attorney. In some cases, the guardian is an employee of the county's child protective services. Generally ...

Google previewJuvenile Justice in America (2016)

Law, Law by CTI Reviews

Ad litem: Ad litem is a term used in law to refer to a party appointed by a court to act in 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 ...

Google previewFamily Law Update, 2017 Edition (IL)

by Purver

The essential difference between a general guardian and a guardian ad litem is that the general guardian is usually appointed to ...

Google previewElder Law (2011)

Cases and Materials by Lawrence A. Frolik

REPRESENTATION AND ADVOCACY Many, but not all, states require that at the guardianship hearing the respondent be represented by either legal counsel or a guardian ad litem. A guardian ad litem is a representative of the court “for ...

Google previewCrime and Criminal Justice (2016)

Concepts and Controversies by Stacy L. Mallicoat

For example, a guardian ad litem is an individual that is appointed by the court to represent a juvenile's best interests. In many instances, these individuals are attorneys and can serve as a legal guardian. While this role can be found in ...

Google previewEssentials for Nursing Practice (2014)

by Patricia A. Potter, Anne Griffin Perry, Patricia Stockert, Amy Hall

A guardian ad litem is a person chosen by a court of law with written documentation describing the guardian status. A guardian ad litem is not limited to health care decisions. An attorney may or may not be a health care proxy. A health care ...

Google previewNALA Manual for Paralegals and Legal Assistants: A General Skills & Litigation Guide for Today’s Professionals (2014)

by National Association of Legal Assistants

For example, a guardian ad litem is a person who is appointed to represent a child (or other person lacking legal capacity) in a lawsuit.* ad valorem According to value. For example, an ad valorem tax is a tax on the value of an item, rather than ...

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 previewInternational Enclopedia of Comparative Law

The curator ad litem is a guardian appointed by the courts to protect the interests of a pupil or a minor who is involved, directly or indirectly, in court proceedings. The curator bonis may be appointed to take over the administration of ...

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 previewDictionary of the Law of Scotland (1826)

by Robert Bell

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 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 previewThe Dictionary of Family Psychology and Family Therapy (1993)

by S. Richard Sauber, Luciano L'Abate, Gerald R. Weeks, William L. Buchanan

guardian ad litem 189 group marriage A marriage involving multiple mates for both wife and husband. Christensen, H. (1964). Development of the family field of study. In H. T. Christensen (Ed.), Handbook of marriage and the family (pp. 3-32).

Google previewEncyclopedia of Forms and Precedents for Pleading and Practice (1902)

At Common Law, in Equity, and Under the Various Codes and Practice Acts by William Henry Michael, William Mack, Howard Pervear Nash, James Cockroft, Thomas Edward O'Brien

ad litem made any attempt either to plead or prove the foregoing facts of the assumption of said mortgage by said Isaa: Hap/7!! 91' that said mortgage was given to secure the individual debt of Said Dar-lie! Hopper, and that no issue was made ...

Google previewMosby's Pocket Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions - E-Book (2013)

by Mosby

guardian ad litem /ad li'tem/ [L, ad litem , ...

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 previewWorld Dictionary of Foreign Expressions (1999)

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

ad litem adj./ adv.

Google previewThe Wolters Kluwer Bouvier Law Dictionary (2015)

Quick Reference by Stephen Michael Sheppard


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