Guardian ad Litem for Disabled Adults
2 hour additional training
Appointed by Probate Court judge, GALs serve the best interests of adults who are alleged, but not yet proven, to be disabled or of persons already adjudicated.
A guardianship case handled by a pro bono GAL typically involves a developmentally disabled or mentally ill adult living with family or in a group home. It may also involve a physically and mentally disabled adult confined to a nursing home. These people have limited or no assets.
Volunteer GALs meet with the disabled adult wherever they reside, review medical reports, interview health care personnel, facilitate negotiations, provide a written report and recommendation to the court, and in some cases advocate that recommendation at a hearing.
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