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Counties must pay for parents' lawyers in child welfare cases, high court rules


WILLMAR -- A recent Minnesota Supreme Court ruling removes any doubt that counties are required to pay for court-appointed attorneys for parents or guardians in parental rights termination cases.

The decision and the costs associated with these cases involving a child in need of protective services could have a "very big impact on the financial risks to Kandiyohi County," said County Administrator Larry Kleindl.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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