Right to counsel

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Legislation, Adult Protective Proceedings - Proposed Ward

Mentally ill and/or physically impaired adults seeking temporary protection from abuse and neglect are entitled to legal representation, and "the court shall assign counsel to assist the respondent."  N.Y. Soc. Serv. Law §473-a(5)(b)(iv). New York state law provides that residents of mental health facilities are entitled to "initiate and take any legal action deemed necessary to safeguard the right of any patient or resident to protection from abuse or mistreatment."  N.Y. Mental Hyg. Law § 47.03(e).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no