Proguard.org A service of Guardianship Services of Seattle with detailed descriptions of guardianships, trusts public entitlements and other matters.Washington Association of Professional GuardiansCapitol 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 Profession 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 2007On Line Lay/Family(Non-Professional) Guardian Training HB 1053 requires all individuals seeking appointment as guardian or who are already appointed guardian and who are not professional guardians to complete this free standardized training video or web cast for lay guardians, unless granted a waiver by the court.. Made available by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).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.National Guardianship AssociationGuardian/Conservator Association of OregonProfessional Fiduciary Association of CaliforniaArizona Fiduciary Certification ProgramInternational Resource Library on Adult Guardianship
Guardian ad litem for incapacitated person in civil matters.
Statute of limitations tolled by personal disability.
Informed consent — Persons authorized to provide for patients who are not competent
Natural Death Act
Intestate succession. Who inherits when there is no will.
Who may serve as trustee
Inheritance rights of slayers and abusers
Appointment of Guardian.
Uniform adult guardianship and protective proceedings jurisdiction act, intended to clarify interstate issues,
Duties of Guardian
Powers of Attorney
Uniform Transfers to Minors Act
Notice and procedure for non-routine trust transactions
Abuse of children
Employment — Exception tests. Defines the two tests to distinguish private contractor from employee. See below for related information.
In Home Service Agencies
Long Term Care Resident’s Rights
Involuntary Mental Commitment
Mental Health Advanced Directives
Uniform Veteran’s Guardianship Act
Abuse of Vulnerable Adults
Disqualifying criminal history results for boarding homes.
Payment of Guardian Fees in “Medicaid cases”
Supplementing Medicaid payments for residential care. See Section (5)DSHS Form 13-879, referenced in WAC
Long-term care services
Exceptions to rule
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
How trusts affect DSHS eligibility. See section 7(a)
Division of Developmental Disabilities intake and determination of developmental disabilities
Division of developmental disabilities (DDD) home and community based services waivers. Five Home and Community Based (HCBS) Waivers. Targeted programs for special situations
Settlement of Claims of Minors and Incapacitated Persons
Destruction, Sealing, and Redaction of Court Records
Access to Family Law and Guardianship Court Records
The rule for certification of professional guardians. This version includes changes to section (e) on required disclosures that are effective 9/1/04.
Access to Court Records. Requires redacting of names of minors, account numbers and social security numbers in court filings.
Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers
Search page for CFR sections
This is the federal statute that sets the requirements for self funded Special Needs Trusts. Look for section (d)(4)
(Program Operations Manual System) This is the Rule Book for SSI eligibilityCurrent SSI Amount Gift Card Rule See section 01120.201(I)(1)(d,e)
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. See also Access to Confidential Records at Proguard.
Federal regulations allow early withdrawal of Certificates of Deposit with no penalty in the case of a newly appointed guardian.
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.
King County Guardianship FormsSpokane County Guardianship Forms Establishing a Guardianship PDF from King County, step by step instructions and forms.IRS SS-4 Instructions The SS-4 is an IRS application for Employer ID number. It was revised in December, 2001. These links require Adobe.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.Application to be Rep Payee. Physicians statementPOLST Form from Washington State Medical Association
Access Washington Home PageCrisis 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.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 Washington, includes COPES, DD Waivers and others.Division of Developmental Disabilities
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 disabilitiesTrips 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 disabilitiesDo 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.
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 Care ManagersNational 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 bondPeoples 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.Washington Zip Code Maps County by county printable maps. Zip code map of US Google Maps Style.Zip Codes within Radius of a Zip Code Plug in a zip code and find other zip codes within a specified area.
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 websitesReal Property Ownership Washington State, County Recorders and Treasurer’s Sites
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.Washington Secretary of State Corporations DivisionRCW 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.Business Licensing Guide, Washington Department of Licensing Step by step process to determine all of the registrations, licenses and other requirements to legally run your business.Starting a Business in Washington Excellent resource for starting a business, good explanation of different business forms from Sole Proprietor to Corporation.Registration Forms for corporations and partnerships from Washington Secretary of StateHow to Form and Maintain a Nonprofit Corporation in Washington State 2009 Edition Lavishly detailed and comprehensive. This is a 219 page pdf. Employment GlossaryMaster Business Application