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.

 

About Chris Peterson

Chris Peterson is an attorney and the owner and founder of Peterson Law Group, a Texas law firm with offices in Bryan/College Station and Kingwood. He mainly practices in the areas of Estate Planning and Business Planning. Chris is also a Certified Estate Planner. Besides his law practice, Chris is a serial entrepreneur and community volunteer. He is known for his cutting edge law practice that utilizes technology to deliver efficient, excellent work.