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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.

Guardianship Monitoring

Skagit County 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.
The GMP assists the Courts to provide monitoring and oversight of:

Initial Reports
Periodic Reports
Final Reports
Miscellaneous Reports

Guardianship Revised Code of Washington (RCW) Statutes

Please review RCW Title 11.88 and 11.92 for more information.

Court Appointed Guardian

A guardian is one who is legally responsible for the care and management of the person and/or property of an incapacitated person or a minor.

Court Appointed Guardian Ad Litem

A Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) is an adult who is appointed by the Court to represent the best interests of an individual for a specific purpose for a specific period of time. Under the direction of the Court, a GAL performs an investigation and prepares a report for the Court of the GAL’s findings and recommendations.

Free Online Forms:

Complete Packet of Guardianship forms available at the Clerk’s Office - $20.00

For guardianship questions or to make an appointment with the guardianship facilitator please call (360) 416-1200.