It is the intent of the legislature to protect the liberty and autonomy of all people of this state, and to enable them to exercise their rights under the law to the maximum extent, consistent with the capacity of each person. 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.
Under the provisions of RCW Chapter 11.88 and RCW Chapter 11.92, the Benton and Franklin Counties Superior Court provides oversight for all guardianship cases that are within the Court's jurisdiction. The Guardianship Monitoring Program (GMP) has been established to assist the Courts in ensuring that incapacitated persons and their estates are protected and that properly appointed guardians carry out their duties.
Under RCW Chapter 11.98 and the terms of many trusts, periodic reports are required. Accordingly, management of trusts are also monitored under GMP.
The GMP assists the Courts to provide monitoring and oversight of:
Is a Guardianship Needed?
The Washington State Courts Guardianship Portal has Resources that could be of assistance. Please note that this information is not to be considered legal advice and processes may vary by county.
Superior Court Administration
Benton County Justice Center
7122 W Okanogan Pl
Kennewick, WA 99336
The Court will be closed for Presidents' Day on Monday, February 20, 2017.
Judicial Spring Conference will be Monday, April 24 through Wednesday April 26, 2017. No trials will be scheduled the entire week.
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