We are more than happy to answer any questions that you have. We have tried to anticipate some of your questions below.

Answering Your Questions About Us...

I. Communication: Available by phone (206-200-4924), email, fax (425-877-1673) and personal meetings.

II. Benefits, resources, and public entitlements: We research and investigate programs that can help alleviate some of the financial burdens for our clients, such as Medicaid, Medicare, SSI and other similar programs.

III. Family involvement: We prefer to have input from the client and family on important care and spending decisions. These decisions are based on what is best for our client and what their preferences are, or would be. We inform the courts of what we have done, what we are doing, and what we have planned. The court then gives their final stamp of approval.

IV. Requesting funds: We establish an annual budget which approves certain spending. For the protection of our clients, any additional request for funds from a client's account must go through the guardian.

V. Court reporting: We are very familiar with reporting requirements. As legal guardians, we are required to give periodical reports and updates to the courts.

VI. Fees: All fees and billing must be approved by the court. Fees are most commonly charged by the hour. A fee schedule is available.

VII. Liability insurance: We carry Error and Omissions insurance.

Answering Your Questions About Guardianship...

I. How is a guardian appointed?
Anyone can petition to have the court look into the needs for someone to have a guardian. If an individual cannot care for themselves, or are in danger of harming themselves, and who has no person legally authorized to help them with this responsibility, the court will then assign someone to investigate the need, and if deemed necessary the court will then assign a guardian to act on their behalf.

II. What are the guardian's duties?
The guardian makes decisions about how the person lives, including their residence, health care, food, and social activity. The guardian will consider the wishes of the client when making these living decisions. The guardian is intended to monitor the legally incapacitated person, to make sure that the person lives in the most appropriate, least restrictive environment possible, with appropriate food, clothing, social opportunities, and medical care. 

III. How does someone petition for a guardian?

Some people with incapacities cannot provide for their basic needs without help of a guardian.  As a professional, friend, family member, or concerned citizen you may see a person who you believe needs this kind of help to provide for their health, safety, or to manage their financial affairs.  Anyone can petition the court to have a guardianship considered.  The whole process does not require a lawyer, but there are legal steps and forms involved.  A lawyer that understands the process may be retained to handle this work.  In many cases a care manager, administrator, or social worker from the facility will initiate such a proceeding.  As a guardian it is considered bad form to petition and seek appointment for himself.  Similarly, it is not appropriate for an attorney to represent the petition and then the guardianship. If you are seeking general advice I am glad to explain the process and then possibly refer a person to an attorney.  Of course, I would suggest understanding costs and fees beforehand.

            There are a number of forms involved and I would recommend anyone interested to go into the courts web site to fully understand the step of establishing a guardianship (i.e. www.kingcounty.gov/courts/scforms/guardianship).