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ADULT Guardianships

April 26 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm PDT

The laws surrounding Adult Guardianship have changed drastically in the past few years. A court may appoint a guardian for an adult when the adult is unable to meet their basic needs for physical health, safety, or self-care. Washington now has laws that give you these powers on a temporary basis (only 60 days), as well as less restrictive alternatives. These are respectively Emergency Guardianship, and options such as Supported Decision Making Agreements, Protective Arrangements, and Conservatorships.

The process to become a guardian can be relatively straightforward but includes many forms and timelines. To highlight these procedures, and to give tips on best practice, the King County Law Library has partnered with the King County Superior Court Ex Parte department to lead a webinar on the topic.

This sixty-minute presentation will review the paperwork required for both Guardianship, Emergency Guardianship, and Guardianship alternatives, and include time for Q&A with the Ex Parte department, which oversees guardianship matters.


  • What is an adult guardianship?
  • What are the alternatives to guardianship?
  • What changed in 2022
  • Procedures
  • Scheduling hearings
  • How the Zoom hearings work
  • E-Filing
  • Q&A