Right to counsel

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Legislation, Guardianship/Conservatorship of Adults - Ward

"Counsel shall be appointed" in proceedings relating to involuntary guardianship, from initial proceedings through appointment of a guardian or dismissal of the petition (although counsel must be requested if it is after the initial establishment).  See 14 V.S.A. § 3065(a) (regular guardianships); 18 V.S.A. § 9308 (guardianships for developmentally disabled individuals). 

 

"For indigent respondents, the court shall maintain a list of pro bono counsel from the private bar to be used before appointing nonprofit legal services organizations to serve as counsel." 14 V.S.A. § 3065(c).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no