Guardian Ad Litem
Guardian ad litem means “guardian for the suit.” A guardian ad litem is an attorney appointed by a judge to assist the court in determining the circumstances of a matter before the court. The guardian ad litem is the eyes and ears of the court and it is the guardian ad litem’s fundamental responsibility to provide an independent recommendation to the court about an allegedly incapacitated individual’s best interests, which may be different from advocating the individual’s stated wants. The guardian ad litem must conduct interviews and investigations, make reports to the court, and participate in court hearings or mediation sessions.
Brian has completed the required training and is qualified to serve as guardian ad litem for allegedly incapacitated persons in all Tidewater Circuit Courts, including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, and Newport News.