Next Friend Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Next Friend.

Next Friend (noun)

A Legal term describing an individual who voluntarily stands in to assist another person, typically a minor, disabled or someone unable to act for themselves, in participating in a legal action. A next friend is not directly involved in the lawsuit but performs this duty until the case is resolved. Often, this role is taken by a close relative. A formal request may be needed to assume the role of a next friend.