Right to counsel

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Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents

Indigent parents have a right to counsel "Whenever the department or a licensed child placement agency is a party to child custody proceedings", and they must be informed of this right. M.G.L. ch. 119, § 29. Such hearings include proceedings in which a court is appointing a guardian for a minor. See M.G.L. ch. 119, § 29 (pointing to M.G.L. ch. 190B, §§ 5-201, 5-204 and 5-206).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no