2013 Georgia Code
Title 29 - Guardian and Ward
Chapter 9 - Court Proceedings
§ 29-9-2. Appointment of guardian ad litem; representation of persons not sui juris; limited appointment; identification of parties in all petitions
(a) The court in its discretion may at any time appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the interests of a minor, a proposed ward, or a ward in proceedings relating to the guardianship or conservatorship of that individual. However, the appointment of a guardian ad litem does not supersede any specific requirement that individual be served by personal service and the guardian ad litem may not waive personal service for that individual.
(b) Except as provided in subsection (a) of this Code section, when a person who is entitled to notice under any provision of this title is not sui juris, the interests of that person shall be represented in the proceeding by a guardian ad litem; provided, however, that the court may determine for the purpose of the particular proceeding that the natural guardian, if any, or the testamentary guardian, if any, or the duly constituted conservator, if any, or the duly constituted guardian, if any, has no conflict of interest and thus may represent for the purpose of the proceeding a person who is not sui juris. Service upon or notice to a guardian ad litem shall constitute service upon or notice to that person who is not sui juris and no additional service upon or notice to that person shall be required. Waivers, acknowledgments, consents, answers, objections, or other documents executed by a guardian ad litem shall be binding upon the person represented. The guardian ad litem may represent a single person or more than one person or a class of persons with common or nonadverse interests.
(c) Whenever a guardian ad litem is appointed, the court may limit the appointment, may remove the guardian ad litem, or may at any time for cause appoint a successor guardian ad litem.
(d) In every petition filed in the court, the petitioner shall identify each person who requires a guardian ad litem and the name and address of any person who is acting as conservator or guardian of the party. A copy of the letters appointing the conservator or guardian shall be attached to the petition or the petition shall allege such facts as shall show the authority of such conservator or guardian to act; provided, however, that the court may take judicial notice of the issuance of the letters or of the authority.
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