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In re P.G.F.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

March 25, 2021

In re P.G.F. presented the Pennsylvania Supreme Court with the question of whether an attorney can serve as “both guardian ad litem and legal counsel for a minor child, in the context of a petition for termination of parental rights, where counsel did not expressly inquire into the child’s preferred outcome of the termination proceedings.” The Court found that the attorney made informed, reasonable and prudent decisions in her dual roles and, as a result, adequately looked after the child’s best interest and legal interests. As such, it was appropriate for her to act in the dual roles.

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