The Florida Bar

The Florida Bar
and the Family Law Section present
Guardian Ad Litem or Attorney Ad Litem: Making Informed Decisions About the Lives of Children

Course Classification: Intermediate Level
Live Audio Webcast Presentation: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Course No. 1665R

A guardian ad litem has a unique relationship with a child or children that is created by a court order only for the duration of a legal action. A guardian ad litem acts in the child’s best interests as next friend of the child, investigator or evaluator, but not as an attorney or advocate for the child. Guardians ad litem can be appointed in divorces, child neglect and abuse cases and paternity suits. Attorneys at litem represent children is the same proceedings, but are advocates and therefore, legal representatives arguing the children's wishes. Learn the differences and how these court appointed experts can assist in difficult cases.

12:00 p.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Instructions and Introductions
Brandon Arkin, Co-Chair, Palm Beach Gardens

12:10 p.m. – 12:45.p.m.
Origins of Both Roles and Their Differences: Representing a Child’s Expressed Interests Versus His or Her Best Interests
Abigail Beebe, Esq., West Palm Beach

12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Gathering Information and Writing an Admissible Report: Understanding Evidentiary Issues, Including Hearsay and Confidentiality
Laura Davis Smith, Esq., Miami

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
The Ethics of Representation as a Guardian Ad Litem or Attorney Ad Litem
Abigail Beebe, Esq., West Palm Beach

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Questions and Answers
Deborah O. Day, Psy.D., Co-Chair, Winter Park

1665-Brochure Final.pdf1665-Brochure Final.pdf

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