“shall be an advocate for the respondent in resisting the requested relief.”
TRPC Rule 1.14: (a) When a client’s capacity to make adequately considered decisions in connection with a representation is diminished, whether because of minority, mental impairment, or for some other reason, the lawyer shall, as far as reasonably possible, maintain a normal client‑lawyer relationship with the client. (b) When the lawyer reasonably believes that the client has diminished capacity, is at risk of substantial physical, financial, or other harm unless action is taken and cannot adequately act in the client’s own interest, the lawyer may take reasonably necessary protective action, including consulting with individuals or entities that have the ability to take action to protect the client and, in appropriate cases, seeking the appointment of a guardian ad litem, conservator, or guardian.
Counsel for the ward is an advocate for the ward, “even if that is not necessarily what is best for the respondent’s welfare." In re Conservatorship for Allen, No. E2010-01625-COA-R10-CV, 2010 WL 5549037, *8 (Tenn. Ct. App. Dec. 29, 2010).