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Home#57-GAL in Adult Conservatorship and Guardianship -Part 2

Guardian ad litem in Adult Conservatorship and Guardianship Cases - Part 2





Attorneys Betsy Sue Scott from the Law Offices of Betsy Sue Scottand George Dodge from the George Dodge Law Firm continue a two part program with a discussion of the following topics: 

 
  • Attorney representing Respondent

  • GAL report to the court

  • Uncontested hearing in court

  • Contested hearing in court

  • Who pays the GAL

  • Who pays the fees incurred by Petitioner

  • Common problems faced by a GAL


Recorded February 2018.  Broadcast May 2018



SOME OF THE QUESTIONS ANSWERED IN THIS SHOW


What is the role of the attorney representing the Respondent?

If the Respondent wishes to have his own attorney, what are his options to obtain such an attorney?

After the GAL completes her investigation and serves the Respondent, what does she do with all this information?

What is the purpose of the Report to the court?

What is the importance of the Report?

Are most petitions contested or uncontested?

What happens in an uncontested hearing?

How is the GAL Report used?

What is the role of the GAL at the hearing?

How long does a typical uncontested hearing take?

Are the records sealed?

What happens in a contested hearing?

What is the role of the GAL at the hearing?

How long does a typical contested hearing take?

Are the records sealed?

If Respondent has the financial resources, who pays for the services of the GAL?

If Respondent is indigent, who pays for the services of the GAL?

If Respondent has the financial resources, can Petitioner be reimbursed for the legal fees and costs incurred to file and prosecute the Petition?

If Respondent is indigent, who pays for the services of Petitioner’s attorney?

What are some of the common problems that GAL’s face in doing their job?