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In a recent appellate opinion, an Illinois court considered a case brought by a plaintiff alleging that her attorney mishandled the dispensation of funds obtained from a personal injury lawsuit on her behalf when she was a minor. The plaintiff received $600,000 in a settlement for injuries that she sustained, and her mother was appointed the guardian of her estate. The attorney was appointed as the plaintiff’s guardian ad litem. In 2012, the plaintiff sued her mother, alleging that she spent funds from the settlement that were not used for the plaintiff’s benefit, totaling nearly $80,000. The attorney was not named as a defendant in this action.
The court ultimately entered an award in the plaintiff’s interest but limited the damages on the basis that the plaintiff had a guardian ad litem who was supposed to be monitoring the mother’s withdrawals from the settlement account. The plaintiff next filed a lawsuit against the guardian ad litem, alleging that the attorney allowed the mother to misuse the settlement funds for her own benefit. She alleged that the attorney did not meet or even speak with the plaintiff while he was acting as guardian ad litem and that he did not verify whether the mother’s withdrawal statements were accurate.