Ad Litem

Often in probate, trust and guardianship litigation, the court will appoint either an attorney ad litem, a guardian ad litem, or both. These are court appointed advocates for wards, proposed wards, minor beneficiaries or “unknown heirs” in a probate proceeding. An attorney ad litem is charged with advocating in accordance with what their client wants. A guardian ad litem is a little different — they are to advocate for what is in the best interest of the person or persons they are appointed to protect (whether those people are in agreement with what is in their best interest or not).

Ikard Ratliff P.C. lawyers serve as ad litems whenever appointed by a court to do so. They also frequently represent clients in fiduciary litigation, such as will contests, in which an ad litem has been appointed by a court.