Effective July 22, 2011, House Bill 1053 has amended RCW 11.88 and 11.92 and will require additional steps to petition for guardianship or to have your annual
For Persons Seeking Appointment as Guardians:
1. Proof of completion of guardian training must be filed with the petition to establish guardianship.
2. All letters of Guardianship issued after 7/22/11, will have an expiration date. Annual reports must be submitted within 90 days of the anniversary date of appointment so the report can be approved before letters expire.
3. The following forms must be completed and filed within 90 days from date of guardian appointment:
a. Designation of Standby Guardian
b. Notice of Right to Request Special Notice
4. A Guardianship Summary information form must be included in any Order Appointing Guardian/Successor Guardian. If an attorney is representing the petitioner, he or she will prepare this form. (If the Guardianship Summary is contained in the Order, a separate Guardianship Summary form is not required).
For Existing Guardians:
1. When submitting an annual report (Periodic Personal Care Plan or Guardian's Report & Accounting) a guardian must submit proof of completion of guardian training.
2. After the Order Approving is signed, take it to the Clerk's Office and have new letters of guardianship reissued. There is a $5 charge for
the reissuance of letters.
3. A Guardian Summary must be provided in all Orders Approving Report & Accounting and Care Plans.
Click HERE for a description of the Ex Parte process.
Click HERE for information and attestation form.
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