When someone files a Petition for Guardianship and/or a Petition for Conservatorship, the Probate Court will appoint a Guardian ad Litem to represent the interests of the allegedly incapacitated person in the guardianship/ conservatorship proceedings. The Guardian ad Litem is an officer of the court whose duty is to conduct a thorough investigation and make an objective recommendation to the Probate Court as to whether the Petitioner should be appointed as the Guardian and/or Conservator of the allegedly incapacitated person. The Guardian ad Litem’s investigation will include meeting and speaking with the allegedly incapacitated person, speaking with the proposed Guardian and/or Conservator, speaking with anyone who may have an interest in the proceedings (i.e., family members of the allegedly incapacitated person, caretakers of the allegedly incapacitated person, etc.), and reviewing relevant documents. At the conclusion of the investigation, the Guardian ad Litem will prepare a report detailing, among other things, the Guardian ad Litem’s findings and recommendation to the Court. The Guardian ad Litem also attends and represents the allegedly incapacitated person’s interests during the Probate Court hearing. Our attorneys have significant experience in serving as court-appointed Guardian ad Litem in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings.