A Guardian Ad Litem is an individual attorney appointed by the Probate Court to help determine the validity of a Petition for Guardianship in Rhode Island. The proposed ward is interviewed by a medical professional, and a Decision Making Assessment Tool (DMAT) is completed.
The Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) then visits with the proposed ward and makes a recommendation that either agrees or disagrees with the DMAT. If the GAL agrees with the DMAT in their assessment, the guardianship would likely be granted by the Court. If the GAL disagrees with the assessment, the guardianship could still be granted if enough evidence is presented to support it.