Guardianships, Conservatorships, and Other Protective Arrangements

New Guardianship/Conservatorship Law Effective January 1, 2022 - RCW 11.130

  • Helpful general information about the new adult guardianship and conservatorship law can be found at the Washington Courts website
  • Finalization of guardianships filed before January 1, 2022, must be resolved by December 31, 2021.  
  • Unresolved guardianships as of December 31, 2021, will be required to file a Supplemental or Amended Petition to provide information to the Court in compliance with the new statute.  Otherwise, the unresolved case may be dismissed at the scheduled mandatory court review hearing.
  • Cases with orders appointing guardians entered before January 1, 2022, do not need to take any action until the first review hearing.  
    • At the review hearing the court may enter an Order on Guardianship/Conservatorship Review and issue new letters of office. 
    • A new date will be set in 120 days to review the guardian's/conservator's plan.
    • The guardian/conservator must file the new plan within 90 days after the review hearing for the court to review the plan prior to the 120 day review hearing.
    • Motions to convert a guardianship are heard by the assigned judge, they are not heard by commissioners.
    • Judges will consider whether online lay guardian training will be required by the next review period.
  • Petitions filed after January 1, 2022, are heard by Commissioners on their regular dockets following RCW 11.130.