What happens before the court hearing?

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What happens before the court hearing?

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The attorney representing the person seeking the guardianship (the petitioner) will continue to gather information and evidence that supports the need for establishing guardianship. The court will appoint a guardian ad litem, a visitor, and a physician or psychologist to evaluate the need for and appropriateness of establishing a guardianship for the proposed ward. • The guardian ad litem is an attorney who represents the proposed ward. He/She visits with the proposed ward and evaluates al of the available information on the case. He/She then files a report and recommendations with the court. The guardian ad litem makes recommendations based on what he/she feels are in the best interests of the proposed ward. • The visitor is usually a social service professional who visits with the proposed ward, his/her current (future, if applicable) residence and the proposed guardian. The visitor may meet with others who are involved in the case and examine information pertinent to the case. The v

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