Office of Public Guardianship

Guardianship services are frequently unavailable to thousands of poor people who need them when they have difficulty caring for themselves and protecting their interests. The lack of guardianship services can result in loss of income and essential services, avoidable institutionalization, and denials of due process. CLS has been working with the Elder Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association and others interested in this issue. During the 2007 legislative session, the Legislature enacted a law providing, for the first time, for an Office of Public Guardianship administered through the Administrative Office of the Courts. We continue to work on ensuring funding and implementation of the Office through the legislative process.