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Legal Information: South Dakota
21-65-4. Rights of vulnerable adult in action brought by substitute petitioner
If a substitute petitioner files a petition pursuant to § 21-65-2 on behalf of a vulnerable adult, the vulnerable adult retains the right to all of the following:
(1) To contact and retain counsel;
(2) To have access to personal records;
(3) To file objections to the protection order;
(4) To request a hearing on the petition; and
(5) To present evidence and cross-examine witnesses at the hearing.
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