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 services. "[A]ny time during or subsequent to an investigation where a vulnerable adult is at substantial risk to be or has been abused, neglected, or exploited and consent to provide services cannot be obtained, the Adult Protective Services Program may petition the family court for an order to provide protective services ... Within ten days following the filing of a petition...the court must appoint a guardian ad litem and an attorney for the vulnerable adult...." S.C. Code § 43-35-45(B)–(C).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no