A guardian ad litem provides information and assistance to courts in disputes relating to family or probate matters.
Three main categories of guardian ad litem exist in Massachusetts: an investigator, an evaluator and a “next friend.” The court appoints an investigator to look into facts relating to a family or probate dispute. A guardian ad litem-evaluator often carries out psychological testing or clinical assessment. If a guardian ad litem acts as a “next friend,” he typically represents the interests of a minor child or incapacitated person.
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