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In Guardianship of V.V., decided yesterday, the Supreme Judicial Court held that “a parent whose minor child is the subject of a guardianship proceeding pursuant to G. L. c. 190B, § 5-206, and who cannot afford counsel, has a right to have counsel appointed and to be so informed.”

The court determined that this right applies whenever “someone other than the parent seeks to have himself or herself appointed as the child’s guardian,” whether or not the State is a party to the action.

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