Office of Public Guardianship
Questions and Answers
The link below will take you to various websites providing information about guardianship:
File a Petition for Guardianship
Guardians are appointed by Superior Court judges or court commissioners. Appointments are made in response to petitions filed in the Superior Court. Any interested person may file a petition; the person who files it need not want to be appointed guardian. The person filing a petition for guardianship assumes no responsibility for the alleged incapacitated person.
Need to file a petition?
Call the CLEAR Hotline -- Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral system
To learn whether you qualify for free assistance from Northwest Justice Project or a legal services program in your community:
CLEAR will connect you with the appropriate office in each pilot county. The following programs have agreed to file petitions for guardianships when resources permit:
NWJ Aberdeen Office - serves Grays Harbor County
NWJ Port Angeles Office - serves Clallam County
NWJ Wenatchee Office - serves Okanogan County
Spokane County Volunteer Lawyers Program - serves Spokane County
CLALLAM COUNTY: Clallam County will be served by Bridge Builders, Ltd. Bridge Builders is a for profit agency providing care management services to the elderly and persons with disabilities in Sequim and Port Angeles, since 2002. Bridge Builders employs two certified professional guardians, Mindi Blanchard and Brenda Carpenter.
Contact: Mindi Blanchard or Brenda Carpenter 360.683.8334
GRAYS HARBOR: Elaine Judd operates Coastal Guardianship & Fiduciary Services, a sole proprietorship. Elaine has served as a paralegal since 1981, working in the elder law arena since 2001. During this time, she developed exceptional skills and knowledge of probate and guardianship matters. She will provide public guardianship services in Grays Harbor.
KING COUNTY: Shirley Bondon 360.705.5302
OKANOGAN COUNTY: Okanogan County's public guardian is Renee Ewalt. Renee has been a certified professional guardian since 2001. Renee is a licensed attorney with extensive training and experience with alternative dispute resolution. Past work experience includes, Administrative Law Judge for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and Crisis Intervention Outreach Counselor for Comprehensive Mental Health Center.
PIERCE COUNTY: Loralee McDonell-Williams' background and training is in the paralegal field with specific experience in elder law. Loralee's organizational skills and knowledge of technology will serve her and the incapacitated persons she serves well. Loralee will serve as the public guardian for Pierce County.
SNOHOMISH & SPOKANE COUNTIES: Peggy McIntire brings to her guardianship practice a wealth of experience in social work. She has worked with many vulnerable populations including hospice patients, homeless veterans, and students with disabilities. Peggy will provide public guardianship services to Snohomish and Spokane Counties.
Contact: Peggy McIntire 509.328.3216
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