Ad Litem Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Ad Litem.

Ad Litem (Phrase)

  1. A Latin term that translates literally to "for the purpose of the lawsuit." Used in law to refer to an individual appointed by the court to represent another person who is deemed unable to represent themselves, typically due to factors such as age, mental competency, or physical capability. For example, a child or a physically or mentally incapable adult may require the assistance of a 'Guardian Ad Litem'.

  2. In property or estate litigation, 'Ad Litem' refers to an individual assigned by the court to represent an estate during legal proceedings when the estate's assigned representatives cannot or are unwilling to do so.

Note: This particular Latin phrase is most commonly used as an adjective in the context of law.