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Standby limited guardian or limited guardian.

*** CHANGE IN 2019 *** (SEE 5604-S2.SL) ***
(1) Any individual or professional guardian appointed by the court as either guardian or limited guardian of the person and/or estate of an incapacitated person shall file in writing with the court, within ninety days from the date of appointment, a notice designating a standby guardian or standby limited guardian to serve as guardian or limited guardian at the death, legal incapacity, or planned absence of the court-appointed guardian or limited guardian. The notice shall state the name, address, zip code, and telephone number of the designated standby guardian or standby limited guardian. Notice of the guardian's designation of the standby guardian or standby limited guardian shall be given to the standby guardian or standby limited guardian, the incapacitated person and his or her spouse or domestic partner and adult children, any facility in which the incapacitated person resides, and any person who requested special notice under RCW 11.92.150.
(2)(a) If the regularly appointed guardian or limited guardian dies or becomes incapacitated, then the standby guardian or standby limited guardian shall have all the powers, duties, and obligations of the regularly appointed guardian or limited guardian and in addition shall, within a period of thirty days from the death or adjudication of incapacity of the regularly appointed guardian or limited guardian, file with the superior court in the county in which the guardianship or limited guardianship is then being administered, a petition for appointment of a substitute guardian or limited guardian. Upon the court's appointment of a new, substitute guardian or limited guardian, the standby guardian or standby limited guardian shall make an accounting and report to be approved by the court, and upon approval of the court, the standby guardian or standby limited guardian shall be released from all duties and obligations arising from or out of the guardianship or limited guardianship.
(b) Letters of guardianship shall be issued to the standby guardian or standby limited guardian upon filing an oath and posting a bond as required by RCW 11.88.100. The oath may be filed prior to the regularly appointed guardian's or limited guardian's death or incapacity. The standby guardian or standby limited guardian shall provide notice of such appointment to the incapacitated person and his or her spouse or domestic partner and adult children, any facility in which the incapacitated person resides, and any person who requested special notice under RCW 11.92.150.
(c) The provisions of RCW 11.88.100 through 11.88.110 shall apply to standby guardians and standby limited guardians.
(3)(a) A standby guardian or standby limited guardian may assume some or all of the duties, responsibilities, and powers of the guardian or limited guardian during the guardian's or limited guardian's planned absence. Prior to the commencement of the guardian's or limited guardian's planned absence and prior to the standby guardian or standby limited guardian assuming any duties, responsibilities, and powers of the guardian or limited guardian, the guardian or limited guardian shall file a petition in the superior court where the guardianship or limited guardianship is being administered stating the dates of the planned absence and the duties, responsibilities, and powers the standby guardian or standby limited guardian should assume. The guardian or limited guardian shall give notice of the planned absence petition to the standby guardian or standby limited guardian, the incapacitated person and his or her spouse or domestic partner and adult children, any facility in which the incapacitated person resides, and any person who requested special notice under RCW 11.92.150.
(b) Upon the conclusion of the hearing on the planned absence petition, and a determination by the court that the standby guardian or standby limited guardian meets the requirements of RCW 11.88.020, the court shall issue an order specifying: (i) The amount of bond as required by RCW 11.88.100 through 11.88.110 to be filed by the standby guardian or standby limited guardian; (ii) the duties, responsibilities, and powers the standby guardian or standby limited guardian will assume during the planned absence; (iii) the duration the standby guardian or standby limited guardian will be acting; and (iv) the expiration date of the letters of guardianship to be issued to the standby guardian or standby limited guardian.
(c) Letters of guardianship consistent with the court's determination under (b) of this subsection shall be issued to the standby guardian or standby limited guardian upon filing an oath and posting a bond as required by RCW 11.88.100. The standby guardian or standby limited guardian shall give notice of such appointment to the incapacitated person and his or her spouse or domestic partner and adult children, any facility in which the incapacitated person resides, and any person who requested special notice under RCW 11.92.150.
(d) The provisions of RCW 11.88.100 through 11.88.110 shall apply to standby guardians and standby limited guardians.
(4) In addition to the powers of a standby guardian or standby limited guardian as noted in this section, the standby guardian or standby limited guardian shall have the authority to provide timely, informed consent to necessary medical procedures, as authorized in RCW 11.92.043, if the guardian or limited guardian cannot be located within four hours after the need for such consent arises.

NOTES:

Part headings not lawSeverability2008 c 6: See RCW 26.60.900 and 26.60.901.
Effective date1990 c 122: See note following RCW 11.88.005.
Severability1977 ex.s. c 309: See note following RCW 11.88.005.
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