Adult guardianship

General information

Guardianship involves the court appointing someone to make decisions for another person because the other person is not capable of managing their own affairs. Washington LawHelp has an overview of adult guardianship, conservatorship, and other protective arrangements.

The State Court website has a Guardianship Portal with information about the guardianship process and programs as well as a search tool for finding a guardian. The website also has a training for guardians and conservators.

A new adult guardianship law became effective January 1, 2022. If you have a guardianship that was in place prior to that date, or want to learn more about the new law, the Administrative Office of the Courts has information about the transition to the new laws.

Forms and instructions

Forms (and some instructions) for guardianship proceedings are available. Because the law changed on January 1, 2022, forms from some sources may not be current. These two resources have updated information:

Additional resources

The Family and Volunteer Guardian's Handbook answers some questions about the process. It was written for the prior law but offers some valuable general information. 

The law library has some specialized forms for Clark County that apply to specific circumstances after a case is filed.

The Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program has a program to assist you with a guardianship if you meet the income qualifications. They can be reached at 360.695.5313.