Right to counsel

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Legislation, Adult Protective Proceedings - Proposed Ward

Under the South Carolina Omnibus Adult Protection Act, the state may investigate adult care-giving services that are accused of neglecting or abusing vulnerable adults.  During or following such investigations, the state’s Adult Protective Services Program may petition the family court for an order to provide protective services, and “[w]ithin ten days following the filing of a petition . . . , the court shall appoint a guardian ad litem and an attorney for the vulnerable adult[.]”  § 43-35-45(B)-(C).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no