Removing a Bad Guardian
What do you do if you feel a Guardian is not looking out for the interests of the
ward? If you have reason to believe that a Guardian is not fulfilling their
obligations to the ward, you must first report your concerns to the Superior Court
in the county in which the ward lives. The Superior Court supervises the activities
of the Guardian and the ward. Some of the courts in the various counties in
Washington State have specific procedures in place to monitor the ward and the
guardian to make sure the needs are the incapacitated person are met.
Because the counties have different procedures for handling guardianships, it is
hard to say, with specificity, how you should inform the court of your concerns. If
you feel the person is in imminent danger you should contact the police and your
local social service agency. If you do not believe the ward to be in physical
danger, at the very least you should report your concerns to the court in writing,
giving as much detail as you may have such as:
Dates and times of when you have observed behavior that has given you
cause for concern
The names and addresses if available of potential witnesses
Your name and address with contact information
Any other evidence you may have of abuse or neglect of the ward.
If the guardian you have concerns about is a Certified Public Guardian or
appointed by the Office of the Public guardian, you can report your concerns
about their conduct to the Certified Professional Guardian Board (CPGB) in
addition to contacting the Superior Court. The CPGB is the regulatory authority
for Certified Professional Guardians. They require that complaints be made to the
Superior Court before they take action. You may also need to hire counsel
familiar with guardianship to help you advocate on the ward’s behalf.
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