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Ad litem

“Ad litem” is a Latin term that means “for the lawsuit” in English. This term is commonly used in legal contexts, especially when appointing a guardian ad litem. Here’s a brief explanation of how it works:

When a person, usually a minor or incapacitated individual, needs representation in legal matters, a guardian ad litem is appointed. This representative, often an attorney, is appointed by the court to advocate for and protect the best interests of the individual during legal proceedings.

The term “ad litem” literally means “for the lawsuit,” indicating that the appointed representative will solely represent the individual’s interests in the particular legal matter. This ensures that someone is looking out for their best interests, especially when they may not be able to express or understand them fully.

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