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Massachusetts Supplemental Probate and Family Court Rule 29D: Notice Regarding Appointment of Counsel

[Disclaimer]

A) In all guardianship of an incapacitated person and in all conservatorship matters, all notices and all citations shall include the following language in the following format:

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person's right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the aboveĀ­ -named person. If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense.

B) In all other guardianship of minor matters, all notices and all citations shall include the following language in the following format:

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The minor or another person on his or her behalf may ask for a lawyer for the minor. If the minor cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense.

Added June 24, 2009, effective July 1, 2009, December 14, 2011, effective January 2, 2012.