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GAL

An abbreviation for "Guardian Ad Litem". 

Gross Estate Fee

A court fee placed upon the total value of the assets in a decedent's estate at the time of death. It must be paid within 1 year of the personal representative's appointment or upon closing of the estate, whichever is earlier.  For purposes of calculating the fee, any liens on real estate will be deducted from the value of the real estate if the decedent died on or after 3/28/2013. 

Guardian

A person who is appointed by the court to be responsible for their ward's care, custody and control, including the ability to make decisions regarding medical care and living arrangements. 

Guardian ad Litem

Someone who is appointed by the court during the course of litigation to promote and protect the interests of a person affected by the litigation. Generally, the Oakland County Probate Court appoints attorneys as guardians ad litem. The court shall appoint a guardian ad litem when required by law [such as for alleged legally incapacitated individuals and alleged protected individuals]. If it deems necessary, the court may appoint a guardian ad litem to appear and represent the interests of any person in any proceeding. See MCR 5.121 

Guardian of the Estate

A guardian who has the authority to make decisions regarding the management of the property and finances of an individual with a developmental disability. 

Guardian of the Person

A guardian who has the authority to make decisions regarding the care and custody of an individual with a developmental disabilty, such as medical and housing decisions. 

Guardianship

The type of probate court matter in which a guardian is appointed for a minor, a legally incapacitated individual or an individual with a developmental disability.