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
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