Guardianship

Petition for Guardianship & Annual Reports


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 reports approved.

For Persons Seeking Appointment as Guardians


  • Proof of Completion of Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) online guardian training must be filed with the petition to establish guardianship. Please note Spokane County has additional mandatory training and requires training verification prior to the guardian appointment.
  • All letters of guardianship issued after July 22, 2011, will have an expiration date. In Spokane County this will typically be 120 days after the anniversary date of appointment. Annual reports must be submitted within 90 days of the anniversary date of appointment so the report can be approved before letters expire.
  • The following forms must be completed and filed within 90 days from date of guardian appointment:
    • Designation Standby Guardian (Form #23, WPF GDN 04.0350)
    • Notice of Right to Request Special Notice (Form #25, WPF GDN 04.0800)
  • A Guardianship Summary information form must be included in any Order Appointing Guardian/Successor Guardian. (In Spokane County this information is included in updated order forms posted on the Court's website effective July 22, 2011.) If an attorney is representing the petitioner, he or she will prepare this form.

For Existing Guardians


  1. When submitting an annual report (Periodic Personal Care Plan or Guardian's Report and Accounting) a guardian must submit proof of the AOC online training, or submit a Petition and Order waiving training (Form #59A and 59B). (One time only, not required annually.)
  2. After this year's Order Approving is signed, take it to the Clerk's Office, Room 300 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. (In Spokane County this information is included in updated order forms posted on the Court's website effective July 22, 2011.

Guardianship Cases


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.

Guardianship Monitoring Program


The Spokane County Superior Court appoints guardians for people who lack the capacity to make or communicate decisions because of mental or physical disability. While the goal of guardianship is to protect, people under guardianship can lose many important rights, including the right to vote, the right to drive, the right to decide where they will live, and the right to decide how their money will be used. Spokane County's Superior Court Judges are committed to keeping Spokane County's incapacitated people safe from abuse and exploitation.

The Spokane County Superior Court Guardianship Monitoring Program was implemented to improve the Superior Court's ability to monitor guardians' handling of the ongoing care and financial affairs of Spokane County's incapacitated citizens under court-supervised guardianships. The court utilizes trained volunteers as Records Researchers, Financial Auditors, and Court Visitors.