The legislature recognizes that people with incapacities have unique abilities and needs, and that some people with incapacities cannot exercise their rights or provide for their basic needs without the help of a guardian. However, their liberty and autonomy should be restricted through the guardianship process only to the minimum extent necessary to adequately provide for their own health or safety, or to adequately manage their financial affairs. RCW Chapter 11.88.005.
IS A GUARDIANSHIP NEEDED?
The Washington State Courts Guardianship Portal provides Resources to help you understand the Guardianship process and the roles and duties of a Guardian. Please note that this information is not legal advice and that processes may vary by county.
The Benton and Franklin Counties Superior Court provides oversight for all guardianship cases that are within the Court's jurisdiction under the provisions of RCW Chapter 11.88 and RCW Chapter 11.92. The Guardianship Monitoring Program (GMP) has been established to assist the Courts in ensuring that incapacitated persons and their estates are protected and that appointed guardians carry out their duties. Guardians are required to provide reports to the Court regarding their activities on behalf of the Incapacitated Persons in their care.
Under RCW Chapter 11.98 and the terms of many trusts, periodic reporting is required. Accordingly, management of trusts is also monitored under GMP.
The GMP assists the Courts to provide monitoring and oversight of:
The process for ex parte has changed in both counties on a permanent basis. Click HERE for a description of the process.
Further, the Court requires that litigants submitting orders ex parte must attest to whether or not a notice of disqualification has been filed. Click HERE to view Judicial Resolution 17-002 and related form.
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