Next Friend Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Next Friend, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Next Friend?

A person who has volunteered to help or assist another person who is incapable physically or mentally or who is a minor, to file a lawsuit himself/herself. In a case where a party is minor or infant, the father or mother acts as a representative. The next friend (generally a relative) is not the party to the lawsuit and his/her duty ends on completion of the lawsuit. In several cases, a written request is granted to the person who has volunteered to be the next friend.