Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court
  Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court

Title 11 Guardians ad Litem

Title 11 Guardians ad Litem are appointed in probate and guardianship cases to represent the interests of persons who lack capacity to handle their legal affairs, or who are alleged to lack such capacity.  Guardians ad litem are generally appointed on a temporary basis to investigate and report to the court.   It is important to note that a Guardian is not the same as a Guardian ad Litem. Guardians are appointed by the court to provide long-term supervision of the affairs of persons found to be incapacitated. 

Appointment of GALs from the Title 11 GAL Registry

Below you will find the link for the current Title 11 (Guardianship) GAL Registry.  The Title 11.88 GAL Registry is provided for reference only; do not present on order appointing a GAL on a guardianship case prior to contacting Court Administration.  Also, please note that GALs must be listed on this registry in order to accept cases in Benton and Franklin Counties.


Per RCW 11.88.090 and Local Guardian Ad Litem Rule 5, Title 11 GAL appointments from the Guardianship registry are made on a rotational basis. Title 11 GALs are listed in alphabetical order and appointments are made in that order.  If you need a Title 11 GAL, please contact the GAL Registry Manager at 509-736-3071 for a list of names of the next three GALs.  You are then responsible for contacting the GALs in the order provided, securing a GAL and informing Court Administration of who accepted the case.


Click “FAQ – How Do I Get a Title 11 GAL Appointed” for more information.


Guardians ad Litem may scroll to the bottom of this page for payment instructions and county pay forms.



For a current list of Title 11 Guardians ad Litem click BELOW.

2021 Title 11.88 GAL Registry .pdf
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For information about a GAL's experience and qualifications, click on the name below.

Atwood, Thomas.pdf
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Burkhart, Jeff.pdf
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Carrier, Tawney.pdf
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Heye, Tom.pdf
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Hollenberg, Monica.pdf
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King, Allison.pdf
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Koehmstedt, Karen.pdf
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May, Nathaniel.pdf
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May, Wayne.pdf
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Sams, Talesha.pdf
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Sierra-Kelly, Katherine.pdf
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Minor Settlements

Settlement GALs are not required to be GALs from our Registry or appointed by Court Administration in a certain rotation.  Any attorney with the requisite knowledge and experience can be appointed as a settlement GAL.

Click on link below to view the Title 11 GAL Handbook.

Title 11 GAL Handbook
2018 Title 11.88 RCW GUARDIANSHIP GAL H[...]
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County Paid Title 11 GAL Information

How Do I Get Paid by the County on a Tile 11 GAL Case?
GAL11 FAQ - How Do I Get Paid on a Title[...]
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Motion for Order Aproving Payment at Public Expense
Include all supporting documentation along with a copy of the Order Appointing and any subsequent orders approving additional fees should that apply.
Motion for Order Approving Payment of GA[...]
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Order Approving Payment at Public Expense
Order Approving Payment of GAL Fees at P[...]
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August 23, 2021

Superior Court Statement On Appearances In Court In Light of Governor's Order to Mask

The Superior Court is withdrawing this prior general presumption of personal appearance at hearings to address concerns regarding the Delta variant of Covid-19.  The Court’s order can be found HERE.  In light of the Governor’s Order that all individuals who enter buildings wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, it is appropriate for individuals who can appear remotely to do so if they wish.  The Courtrooms remain open to the public with capacity limits and the requirement of masking for all.  In some criminal matters it is necessary to require the presence the Defendant or Respondent.. Those who wish the opportunity to appear remotely via WebEx must ensure that their connection is sufficient to be heard and/or seen, and that their appearance and behavior during a hearing is appropriate for the Courtroom.

Court's Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

En respuesta a la nueva pandemia de coronavirus (o COVID-19), nuestros servicios estaran limitados

Click HERE for the latest information concerning the Court's response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Effective September 1, 2021 - 2021 Superior Court

Local Court Rules  

2021 Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court Local Court Rules
2021 Benton Franklin Counties Local Cou[...]
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Ex Parte

Important Notice

 Click HERE for a description of the Ex Parte process.

Holiday Schedule

The Courts will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 6, 2021. 



Please refer to the Court Holiday Schedule to see changes to regular calendar.


Arbitrator Eligibility

Important Notice

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Superior Court Administration Benton County Justice Center

7122 W Okanogan Pl

Building A

Kennewick, WA 99336




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