We are excited to announce the publication of The South Carolina Guardian ad Litem's Toolkit, which was compiled and edited by our own Jenny Stevens. The Toolkit is a practical, easy-to-use reference for the attorney or lay Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in all private, contested custody cases within the Family Court.
With 16 individual tabs, 10 sample forms, six checklists/questionnaires, sample questions for direct and cross examinations, this Toolkit serves as a road map for the busy GAL and/or staff members. Users can easily adapt the templates and procedures found in the Toolkit for even the most complex custody cases.
Some of the materials found within the Toolkit also include sample letters to send to parties at the outset of an appointment; the full text of all S.C. statutes which govern the appointment and investigation of a Guardian ad Litem; a sample HIPAA release to send to medical providers; various sample Motions and Orders; a Report format to make filing pleadings and required paperwork with the Court easier; checklists for a statutorily proper investigation; sample outlines and tips for interviewing children; and suggested timelines to make sure the investigation stays on track.
Each book comes with the complete text on CD-ROM, as well, for easy printing and adapting templates for use within any office. The book retails for $90.00, and it can be purchased from the SC Bar CLE Publication Store here. Jenny put a great deal of effort into this important project, and our entire firm is very proud of her for this accomplishment.