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Able Guardianship Services

providing the highest quality of support services for individuals subject to guardianship


Established in March 2007, Able Guardianship Services, LLC, provides certified professional

guardianship and trustee services to approximately 200 individuals in five counties throughout much of western Washington.

Able Guardianship Services is dedicated to providing the highest quality of support services for individuals subject to guardianship. We accomplish this by carefully looking at the whole picture and with as much input from the incapacitated person as possible, weigh the advantages against the disadvantages, the risks versus the benefits, and develop a plan that tries to respect personal power and choice while maintaining the person’s safety and security.

We hold a Certified Professional Guardianship Agency (CPGA) designation. CPGA designations must be approved by the Certified Professional Guardianship Board and certified by the Washington State Supreme Court. This allows the Agency itself to become qualified to perform services as a professional guardian as defined in RCW 11.88.008. Certification is given to agencies that meet the requirements for certification of an agency in General Rule of Court (GR) 23.

Services Offered

Guardianship of Person and/or Estate

We provide (by court authority) medical. personal and/or financial decision making on behalf of an individual subject to guardianship.

Representative/Protective Payeeship

We accept delegation by the Social Security Administration, DSHS, Veterans Administration or other government agencies to receive and manage the income of an individual subject to guardianship.

Court-supervised Trusteeship

We provide management of funds or property held by one person (the Trustee) for the benefit of another (the Beneficiary).

Our Service Area

Headquartered in Olympia, WA, our agency provides services throughout much of western Washington. Our current service area includes the counties of:

  • King
  • Lewis
  • Mason
  • Pierce
  • Thurston

Referrals from adjacent counties are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact us for more information.

What is a Guardian?

A guardian is one who has been appointed by the Superior Court to act for a person whom the superior court has found to be incapacitated. The court may appoint a guardian of the person, a guardian of the estate, or a guardian of the person and the estate, depending on the needs and capabilities of the incapacitated person. In general, a guardian is responsible for the individual’s “care, custody, and control,” while considering and respecting the individual’s preferences. Guardianship of the Person and/or Estate can be limited in any manner that the court believes to be appropriate.

In those instances, the powers of the guardian are limited to those specified in the court order and the limitations are reflected in the Letters of Guardianship issued by the Clerk of the Court.

The responsibility of a Guardian of the Person typically involves assisting the Protected Person with the daily decisions that affect personal life. For example, a guardian of the person would be empowered to decide where the Protected Person should live and to make medical decisions. In order to do this the guardian will have to gather some knowledge of the Protected Persons finances as well as the Protected Person’s personal needs

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