A guardian ad litem (“GAL”) is a person appointed by the court to represent the best interests of a respondent in a proceeding as the court deems necessary. The duties of a guardian ad litem must be specified by the court.
The GAL will investigate the proposed guardianship/ conservatorship and report back to the court its findings. GALs will also often be called to testify in court proceedings or hearings.
Whether or not a GAL is appointed depends on several factors, including the jurisdiction the case is in, the recommendations of the court visitor, and the judge hearing the case.
While they are sometimes appointed in non-contested proceedings, they are very frequently appointed in contested proceedings.
If you need to speak with a Denver conservator lawyer or a Denver Guardianship lawyer, please reach out to Baker Law Group.