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Skagit County Clerk: Melissa Beaton


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. The Skagit County Superior Court appoints a guardian for people who lack this capacity to make or communicate decisions because of mental or physical disability.

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) 416-1811