Patricia Davis: Court-Appointed Guardian Ad Litem
Attorney Patricia Davis, founder of Davis & Davis, P.C., is regularly appointed as a Category F guardian ad litem investigator (GAL) by the Massachusetts courts.
Ms. Davis is a member of the Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association. She also receives appointments as conciliator through the Middlesex Bar Association and has served as a guest lecturer at the New England School of Law.
Bringing more than 20 years of experience to bear on each case, Ms. Davis is well-respected as both a family lawyer and a GAL. She has been included in the list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine for four consecutive years.
Many clients also appreciate the fact that Ms. Davis has prior experience as a law clerk, making her one of an elite academic group selected to fill this role. In fact, she graduated law school in the top 2 percent of her class.
What Are The Responsibilities Of A GAL?
Category F guardian ad litem investigators are chosen from among trained and highly skilled family law practitioners. They are appointed to investigate family situations and write objective reports. These reports are used in determining what is in the best interests of the children.
For example, in a child custody dispute, a GAL may be appointed to help the court decide if the father or mother should be the primary caregiver. GALs are also frequently used in cases pertaining to:
- Out-of-state removal requests
- Paternity of minor children
- Termination of parental rights
- De facto parent-child relationships
- Other cases involving a child’s best interests
A GAL’s responsibilities are limited to investigation and reporting. He or she is not allowed to serve as the child’s attorney or give legal counsel to the child’s parents.
Contact Us. Schedule A Consultation With Patricia Davis.
Patricia Davis’s experience as a GAL has given her a valuable perspective on child custody and visitation disputes. To learn more about her services as a GAL or as a Middlesex County family law lawyer, please call our North Reading office at 978-276-9051. Alternately, you can contact us online.