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What is an attorney ad litem?

What is an attorney ad litem?

Posted by Chris Peterson | Feb 05, 2013 | 0 Comments

What is an attorney ad litem?

The term ad litem simply means “for the suit”. An attorney ad litem may be appointed or assigned in family law cases or probate cases where representation is deemed necessary by a judge. While the Texas Family Code does not specifically define the role, the Texas Probate Code provides a definition that is generally accepted in family law cases:

An attorney ad litem is an attorney who is appointed by a court to present on behalf of an incapacitated person.

In family law cases, Associate Judges will recommend the appointment of an attorney ad litem when doing so is deemed to be in the best interest of the child (or any party) with regard to the child's interests in the case at hand.

In any probate proceeding, a judge may appoint an attorney ad litem to represent the interests of a person with a legal disability, a person who is a nonresident and cannot be present, an unborn person, or an unknown heir.

In either area of law, the role of an attorney ad litem is that of advocate.

If you need a family law attorney or probate lawyer in Bryan-College Station, Texas, contact Peterson Law Group using our online contact form or call 979-703-7014.

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Chris Peterson

Founding Attorney Chris Peterson is the owner of Peterson Law Group. He practices primarily in the areas of wills, trusts and estate planning; probate and trust administration; elder law; and business law. In addition to the law practice, Chris is involved in Aggieland Title Company and Brazos 1...

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