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 - Protected Person
Rhode Island law requires the probate court to provide an attorney for incapacitated individuals undergoing guardianship proceedings if the respondent contests the petition in some way. R.I. Gen. Laws § 33-15-7(d). Additionally, the court shall appoint legal counsel if the respondent requests counsel, or the guardian ad litem determines it is in the respondent’s best interests. § 33-15-7(e). For the guardianship removal proceedings, however, § 33-15-18(a) states only that “[t]he ward may retain counsel for this purpose.”
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