Right to counsel for "alleged incapacitated person."
Court-appointed attorney creates a report, which includes "whether the alleged incapacitated person has expressed dispositional preferences and, if so, counsel shall argue for their inclusion in the judgment of the court."
If client is under a disability the lawyer shall, as far as reasonably possible, maintain a normal client-lawyer relationship. When counsel believes client at risk of harm unless action taken and cannot adequately act in client's own interest, the lawyer may take reasonably necessary protective action...seeking appointment of a GAL, conservator, or guardian. See N.J. Rules of Court, Rules of Prof. Conduct 1.14 .
The primary duty of counsel for alleged ward is to protect the person's rights and counsel's role is like that of an attorney representing any other client. See In the Matter of M.R., 638 A.2d 1274, 1284-85 (N.J. 1994).
- 3B:12-1 to -78: http://law.justia.com/codes/new-jersey/2013/title-3b/section-3b-12-1/
- 3B: 13-1 to -36: http://law.justia.com/codes/new-jersey/2013/title-3b/section-3b-13-1/
- 3B: 13A-1 to -36: http://law.justia.com/codes/new-jersey/2013/title-3b/section-3b-13a-1/
- 52:27G-1 to -43: http://law.justia.com/codes/new-jersey/2013/title-52/section-52-27g-1/
- N.J. Ct. R. 4:86-4(b): http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/rules/r4-86.htm
- N.J. Stat. Ann. § 3B:12-24.1(e): http://law.justia.com/codes/new-jersey/2013/title-3b/section-3b-12-24.1/
- NJ Rules of Prof. Conduct 1.14: http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/rules/appendices/rpc.htm#P319_39985
- In the Matter of M.R., 638 A.2d 1274, 1284-85 (N.J. 1994): https://www.courtlistener.com/opinion/1952119/matter-of-mr/