Right to counsel
While a state may have many statutes, court decisions, or court rules governing appointment of counsel for a particular subject area, a "Key Development" is a statute/decision/rule that prevails over the others (example: a state high court decision finding a categorical right to counsel in guardianships cases takes precedence over a statute saying appointment in guardianship cases is discretionary).
Legislation, Guardianship/Conservatorship of Adults - Ward
Under Wash. Rev. Code § 11.88.045(1)(a), alleged incapacitated individuals are entitled to be represented by counsel of their own choosing at any stage in guardianship proceedings. The court must provide counsel to represent any alleged incapacitated person at public expense when either: (i) the individual is unable to afford counsel; (ii) the expense of counsel would result in substantial hardship to the individual; or (iii) the individual does not have practical access to funds with which to pay counsel. If the individual can afford counsel but lacks practical access to funds, the court must provide counsel and may impose a reimbursement requirement as part of a final order. Id. The statute also specifies that “When, in the opinion of the court, the rights and interests of an alleged or adjudicated incapacitated person cannot otherwise be adequately protected and represented, the court on its own motion shall appoint an attorney at any time to represent such person.” Counsel must also be appointed when the appointed guardian seeks to take certain steps, such as providing informed consent for health care. Wash. Rev. Code § 11.92.043(5) ("The court may order the procedure only after an attorney is appointed in accordance with RCW 11.88.045 if no attorney has previously appeared, notice is given, and a hearing is held in accordance with RCW 11.88.040").
If "yes", the established right to counsel or discretionary appointment of counsel is limited in some way, including any of: the only authority is a lower/intermediate court decision or a city council, not a high court or state legislature; there has been a subsequent case that has cast doubt; a statute is ambiguous; or the right or discretionary appointment is not for all types of individuals or proceedings within that category.
Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes