Court shall appoint attorney ad litem to represent respondent on respondent’s request, upon recommendation of the GAL, or if it appears to the court to be necessary to protect the rights and interests of the respondent. Respondent is defined as a person who is alleged to be disabled person.
“shall be an advocate for the respondent in resisting the requested relief.”
TRPC Rule 1.14: (a) When a client’s capacity to make adequately considered decisions in connection with a representation is diminished, whether because of minority, mental impairment, or for some other reason, the lawyer shall, as far as reasonably possible, maintain a normal client‑lawyer relationship with the client. (b) When the lawyer reasonably believes that the client has diminished capacity, is at risk of substantial physical, financial, or other harm unless action is taken and cannot adequately act in the client’s own interest, the lawyer may take reasonably necessary protective action, including consulting with individuals or entities that have the ability to take action to protect the client and, in appropriate cases, seeking the appointment of a guardian ad litem, conservator, or guardian.
Counsel for the ward is an advocate for the ward, “even if that is not necessarily what is best for the respondent’s welfare." In re Conservatorship for Allen, No. E2010-01625-COA-R10-CV, 2010 WL 5549037, *8 (Tenn. Ct. App. Dec. 29, 2010).
The court has discretion to waive rights of the proposed ward, such as right to change counsel, where "strict compliance would be too costly or place an undue burden” on the ward. In re Conservatorship of Trout, No. W2008-01530-COA-R3-CV, 2009 WL 3321337 (Tenn. Ct. App. Oct. 15, 2009).
- Tenn. Code Ann. 34-1-101: http://law.justia.com/codes/tennessee/2010/title-34/chapter-1/34-1-101
- -125; -125(a)-101(17): http://www.tn.gov/sos/acts/108/pub/pc0435.pdf (This is not exactly on point but for some reason TN does not have their code readily available online).
- Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 34-1-107(a)(1): http://statutes.laws.com/tennessee/title-34/chapter-1/34-1-107
- In re Conservatorship for Allen: https://www.courtlistener.com/opinion/1048372/in-re-conservatorship-for-wiliiam-j-allen/
- In re Conservatorship of Trout: http://www.tncourts.gov/courts/court-appeals/opinions/2009/10/15/re-conservatorship-lila-m-trout
- TN Rules of Prof Cond 1.14(a): http://www.law.cornell.edu/ethics/tn/code/TN_CODE.HTM#Rule_1.14