Guardianship Laws

Adult Guardianship Statute: 

Miss. Code. Ann. 43-47-13; 93-13-1 to -281

Right to Counsel in Statute: Initial Guardianship Proceedings: 
Not stated
Right to Counsel in Statute: Post-Appointment Guardianship Proceedings: 
Not stated
Right to Counsel Definition in Statute: 

Miss Code Ann. § 93-13-255: "The chancery court shall conduct a hearing to determine whether a conservaotr is needed for the person or the estate of the person. Before such hearing, the court may, in its discretion, appoint a guardian ad litem to look after the interest of the person in question, which guardian ad litem shall be present at the hearing and present the interests of the persons for whose property or person a conservator is to be appointed."

Advocacy Role of Counsel Defined in Statute: 
Not stated
Professional Rules &/or Ethics Opinions: 

MRPC Rule 1.14: "(a) When a client's ability to make adequately considered decisions in connection with the representation is impaired, whether because of minority or mental disability or for some other reason, the lawyer shall, as far as reasonably possible, maintain a normal client-lawyer relationship with the client. (b) A lawyer may seek the appointment of  a guardian or take other protective action with respect to a client only when the lawyer reasonably believes that the client cannot adequately act in the client's own interest."

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