Right to counsel

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Legislation, Guardianship/Conservatorship of Adults - Ward

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.” 

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes