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Seattle Guardianship Attorneys

Sometimes our loved ones need help with their financial or personal matters. Whether it be due to age, incapacity, or some other circumstance, the courts can be asked to intervene to appoint a guardian. A guardianship accepts responsibility for the financial, legal and/or personal needs of the individual who has been deemed incapacitated by the courts. As a result, the guardian must report regularly to the court on the status of the incapacitated person’s personal and financial status.

Our guardianship attorneys can help you through this difficult time. We can educate you about the guardianship process so that you understand what lies down the road ahead and set reasonable expectations for next steps. In certain cases, a full or even a limited guardianship may not be the best solution. Instead we can help you file a protection order under Washington State’s Vulnerable Adult Protection Act.

Guardian ad Litem (GAL)

A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is an individual appointed by the court to represent the best interests of a child or incapacitated person involved in a case in the superior court. In order to become a GAL, an individual must complete a preliminary training program, provide background information to the court(s) in which the GAL wishes to serve and meet all eligibility requirements set by statute and individual county local court rules.

Knowledgeable Guardianship Attorneys

Michael Longyear is an experienced and professional guardianship attorney here at Reed Longyear Malnati & Ahrens, PLLC. He regularly serves as guardian of the estate, trustee, and estate administrator in routine and contested matters. Michael has been recognized for his guardianship experience and he served on the Washington Supreme Court Certified Professional Guardian Board from 2001 to 2008. Both Michael Longyear and his Legal Assistant Christopher J. Fast are Certified Professional Guardians. Michael Longyear is routinely appointed by various Washington State courts to act as guardian ad litem (GAL) in guardianship matters.

Proactive Planning, Sensible Solutions

We pride ourselves on educating you about guardianship under current Washington State law. The legal issues and ramifications you may be facing are best assessed on an individual, case-by-case basis. Call us today to speak with our friendly and knowledgeable guardianship attorneys at (206) 624-6241.