|Proguard.org A service of Guardianship Services of Seattle with detailed descriptions of guardianships, trusts public entitlements and other matters.
Capitol Guardianship Services Capitol Guardianship Services provides fiduciary services, trust and estate management, financial management assistance, case management and guardianship services in the South Puget Sound area. Capitol Guardianship Services is a registered trade name of Guardianship Services of Seattle.
Washington Professional Guardian Certification Program The Certified Professional Guardian Board adopts and implements regulations governing certification, minimum standards of practice, training, and discipline of professional guardians.
Certified Professiona Guardian Communication Plan Certification Board’s communication process to facilitate increased involvement in developing standards, rules and regulations to guide the guardianship profession.
Washington Professional Guardian Board Meeting Materials. These are not otherwise available except via Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request.
University of Washington Certificate Program in Guardianship Nine-month 100 hour program of in-person and on-line education on the role and responsibilities of being a guardian. Most extensive program in professional guardianship in the US.
Washington State Office of Public Guardian (OPG) was established in 2007 within the Administrative Office of the Courts to develop and administer a public guardianship program.
Washington State Professional Guardian Manual 2007
Instructional Video for Guardians Most people who are appointed as guardians have a lot of questions about their new duties and responsibilities. Spokane Superior Court created a video to help answer those questions.
Frequently Used RCW’s
|RCW 4.08.060||Guardian ad litem for incapacitated person in civil matters.|
|RCW 4.16.190||Statute of limitations tolled by personal disability.|
|RCW 7.70.065||Informed consent — Persons authorized to provide for patients who are not competent|
|RCW 70.122||Natural Death Act|
|RCW 11.04.015||Intestate succession. Who inherits when there is no will.|
|RCW 11.36.021||Who may serve as trustee|
|RCW 11.84||Inheritance rights of slayers and abusers|
|RCW 11.88||Appointment of Guardian.|
|RCW 11.90||Uniform adult guardianship and protective proceedings jurisdiction act, intended to clarify interstate issues,|
|RCW 11.92||Duties of Guardian|
|RCW 11.94||Powers of Attorney|
|RCW 11.114||Uniform Transfers to Minors Act|
|RCW 11.100.140||Notice and procedure for non-routine trust transactions|
|RCW 26.44||Abuse of children|
|RCW 43.43.832||Background Checks|
|RCW 50.04.140||Employment — Exception tests. Defines the two tests to distinguish private contractor from employee. See below for related information.|
|RCW 70.127||In Home Service Agencies|
|RCW 70.129||Long Term Care Resident’s Rights|
|RCW 71.05||Involuntary Mental Commitment|
|RCW 71.32||Mental Health Advanced Directives|
|RCW 73.36||Uniform Veteran’s Guardianship Act|
|RCW 74.34||Abuse of Vulnerable Adults|
Washington Administrative Code
|WAC 388-78A-2470||Disqualifying criminal history results for boarding homes.|
|WAC 388-79||Payment of Guardian Fees in “Medicaid cases”|
|WAC 182-502-0160||Supplementing Medicaid payments for residential care. See Section (5)
DSHS Form 13-879, referenced in WAC
|WAC 388-106||Long-term care services|
|WAC 388-440-0001||Exceptions to rule|
|WAC 388-543-2000||Two wheelchairs. DSHS typically cites as a rule that people needing power chairs can not also be funded for a manual.Not so. See section 10|
|WAC 388-561||How trusts affect DSHS eligibility. See section 7(a)|
|WAC 388-823||Division of Developmental Disabilities intake and determination of developmental disabilities|
|388-515-1510388-515-1511||Division of developmental disabilities (DDD) home and community based services waivers.
Five Home and Community Based (HCBS) Waivers. Targeted programs for special situations
|Washington Special Special Proceedings Rule (SPR) 98.16(w) Settlement of Claims of Minors and Incapacitated Persons|
|GR 15||Destruction, Sealing, and Redaction of Court Records|
|GR 22||Access to Family Law and Guardianship Court Records|
|GR 23||The rule for certification of professional guardians. This version includes changes to section (e) on required disclosures that are effective 9/1/04.|
|GR 31||Access to Court Records. Requires redacting of names of minors, account numbers and social security numbers in court filings.|
|RPCs||Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers|
|Code of Federal Regulations||Search page for CFR sections|
|US Code Title 42 Section 1396p||This is the federal statute that sets the requirements for self funded Special Needs Trusts. Look for section (d)(4)|
|SSI POMS||(Program Operations Manual System) This is the Rule Book for SSI eligibility
Current SSI Amount Gift Card Rule See section 01120.201(I)(1)(d,e)
|HIPAA||the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. See also Access to Confidential Records at Proguard.|
|Time Deposits||Federal regulations allow early withdrawal of Certificates of Deposit with no penalty in the case of a newly appointed guardian.|
Locating Lawyers and Legal Resources
|Washington State Bar Association Membership Directory. This is a good place to get the address, phone and e-mail address for an attorney. Excellent search function.
NAELA Directory National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. This is the best source for finding qualified attorneys in other parts of the country for guardianship, trust disability and elder law issues. Can search by city or zip code.
National Elder Law Foundation A national organization certifying practitioners of elder and special needs law.
Lawyer Referral Service is a public service of the nonprofit King County Bar Association. Free or very low cost hour or 1/2 hour consultations.
Volunteer Legal Services King County provides direct representation by volunteer attorneys to low-income clients in a variety of civil legal issues, including un-contested guardianships.
Legal Information Resources
|Washington Law Help Premier source of information about Medicare, Medicaid, COPES, and other government benefits; as well as information about housing, family law, consumer and debt issues, domestic violence, and other important material for helping low-Income people find solutions to civil legal problems .
Statewide Docket Information search page
LegalWA.org Washington State Supreme and Appellate Court Decisions, state and municipal codes.
Legal Dictionary Legal Definitions & Legal Terms Defined, the legal definitions and legal terms dictionary of U.S. Legal Forms, Inc.
Terry Schiavo. Guardian ad Litem Report. The courts and the parties in Florida handled the Schiavo case in an exemplary manner, as set out in this document. Then the politicians jumped in. Warning, the first few pages of the report are not well written, it gets better.
|King County Guardianship Forms Spokane County Guardianship Forms
Establishing a Guardianship. PDF from King County, step by step instructions and forms.
Representative Payee Social Security and SSI can assign another person to receive payments for beneficiaries who are incapable of managing their Social Security or SSI payments.
POLST Form from Washington State Medical Association
Government Agencies Disability
|Access Washington Home Page
Crisis Lines Statewide for County Designated Mental Health Professionals (CDMHP’s) A county by county list of numbers to call if a person with a mental illness is demonstrating danger to self or others, or grave disability.
DSHS Manuals Designed for and used by DSHS staff. The manuals provide administrative rules and procedures for staff to determine initial and ongoing eligibility for families applying for and receiving assistance in Washington State. This site has everything, for example, Long Term Care, SSI related Medically Needy
DSHS Treatment of Income Chart. Shows how any conceivable income item affects Medicaid and Food Stamp eligibility (NOTE: this chart does not include SSI or other income assistance programs)
Medicaid Waivers digest with details of all 50 states Medicaid Waiver programs. In whahington, includes COPES, DD Waivers and others.
|Home and Community Based Waivers. Clients of Divison of Developmental Disabilities eligible for institutional care can benefit from Community Alternatives Program (CAP) Waivers. Four levels of waiver allow the use of Medicaid funding for care while “waiving” Medicaid rules that require services to be provided in an institutional setting.ICF/MR Admission Rules Eligibility for ICF/MR level care is a prerequisite for DDD Waivers|
Washington State licensed residential facilities search pages, results show licensing violations
Summary of residential facility locating tools and licensing violationsAdult Family Homes Boarding/Retirement Homes DDD Supported LivingOfficial Government Ratings of Nursing Homes
disabilitysecrets.com Information that, typically, is impossible to get from the person taking your claim for SSD and SSI benefits. Applying for disability and SSI benefits might as well be a secret process.
|Section 8 and public housing HUD eligibility rules HUD rules, local housing authorities process eligibility and have comparable rules.
DECOD Dental Education in the Care of Persons with Disabilities. A program of the UW School of Dentistry that treats persons with severe disabilities at considerably reduced cost.
King County Metro Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP). Bus passes for people with disabilities
Trips Inc. Special Adventures provides travel outings to adults of various abilities in a safe, respectful and fun atmosphere. Our trips are designed for people with developmental disabilities
Do Not Call Registry Federal program to register phone numbers so that telemarketers are banned from calling.
AMBER alert The Washington State Endangered Missing Person Advisory Plan which is available for most people with disabilities who are missing and at risk.
Resources for Professional Guardians
|V. Spino Bonding Good source for guardian and trustee (aka fiduciary and probate) bonds in Seattle . Click on “Rates” button to learn what bonds cost.
Peltzer and Associates Provides all the insurance services a fiduciary needs: real property, automotive, renters coverage, employee dishonesty bonds, fiduciary errors and omissions insurance.
Fiduciary Homes Sam Forselius, former GSS property manager and current John L. Scott real estate agent. Sam is an experienced fiduciary real estate specialist. As the agent for the buyer or seller, Sam works with professional fiduciaries and family to follow, track and communicate the special requirements that are involved.
National Association of Professional Organizers Home organizers can help with elders downsizing to retirement living, hoarders and collectors and others with cluttered living spaces. Site has a nifty search function to locate professionals who specialize.
Savings Bond Calculator Treasury department site, provides present value of any US savings bond
Peoples Memorial Association The People’s Memorial Association is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization furnishing mortuary arrangements at member prices.
Foreign Consulates in Washington State Australia through Uzbekistan. Accredited Consular Association roster members, foreign economic & cultural organizations, emeritus members & ex officio members, other diplomats & foreign dignitaries.
Telephone Prefix Location List Find out where a land line phone is located
Vital Records, Unclaimed Property
|Vital Records Birth, Marriage, Divorce and Death All states. This is a page from Cyndi’s List, the premier genealogical website.
Washington State Unclaimed Property Division Did you know that the state of Washington is searching for the rightful owners of approximately $300 million in unclaimed property? Your chances are one in seven that you have unclaimed property with a cash value being held by the state.
MissingMoney.com National database for State unclaimed property agencies Real Property Ownership Information Statewide These are links to a number of Washington county real property websites
Employment, Licensing and Business Information
|Washington Department of Licensing Check on whether a person or business is licensed
Reinstate your License Washington Dept. of Licensing. allows users to see if a person has a suspended license.
RCW 50.04.140 Employment — Exception tests. Defines the two tests to distinguish private contractor from employee. IRS Publication: Independent Contractors vs. Employees. Before you can determine how to treat payments you make for services, you must first know the business relationship that exists between you and the person performing the services.
Master Business Application
|Department of Licensing: Vehicles
Sellers Report of Sale Affidavit of Lost Title
Disabled Driver’s Parking Applictions Request for Driving Records
Recommendation for Driver Re-examinationDriving Rehabilitation Program The Occupational Therapy Department at the University of Washington Medical Center evaluates and instructs individuals with disabilities for driving potential.CHCS Driver Rehabilitation Services for persons who have limitations related to disabilities, and the aging population
Mobility Support Systems. Leases and maintains accessible vehicles to Special Needs trust and Worker’s Compensation clients.
Car Dealer Tricks of the Trade Most dealers are way, way better at selling than buyers are at buying. Note, this is an Australian site, the tricks dealers use are universal.
Kelley Blue Book – New Car Pricing Bluebook Values Kelley provides a general, not definitive, idea of the value of a car.