Right to counsel

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Legislation, Guardianship/Conservatorship of Adults - Protected Person

Indigent persons subjected to a guardianship are entitled to appointed counsel. Alaska Stat. § 13.26.226(b). The statute goes on to say that if the respondent is financially unable to employ an attorney, the court shall appoint the office of public advocacy under Alaska Stat. § 13.26.291 to represent the respondent in the proceedings.


For conservatorships based on anything other than minority, the person has a right to appointed counsel (for minority-based conservatorships, the court may appoint counsel). Alaska Stat. § 13.26.430(a).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes