Form GDN M409 "Order Appointing Guardian Ad Litem or Court Visitor" - Washington

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Download Form GDN M409 "Order Appointing Guardian Ad Litem or Court Visitor" - Washington

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Superior Court of Washington, County of
In the Guardianship of:
No.
Order Appointing Guardian ad Litem or
Court Visitor
Respondent/s (minors/children)
[ ] GAL Appointed (ORAPGL)
[ ] Visitor Appointed (ORAPCV)
Clerks Action: 10
Order Appointing Guardian ad Litem or Court Visitor
Use this form to appoint a GAL or Court Visitor in a Minor Guardianship Case.
1.
Children needing Guardian ad Litem (GAL) or Court Visitor (Visitor)
A GAL or Visitor should be appointed for the children listed below:
Child’s name
Age
Child’s name
Age
1.
2.
3.
4.
2.
The court has authority to make this appointment under Uniform Guardianship Act 11.130.
[ ] The court must appoint a Visitor because: (check all that apply)
[ ] one or more of the children is 12 or older and does not have a lawyer.
[ ] the petitioner says a parent waived their right to notice
[ ] the petitioner says they were unable to serve a parent
[ ] The court should appoint a GAL because the children’s interest otherwise would not be
adequately represented.
The court orders:
RCW 11.130.010,.195, .075, .220; GALR
Order Appointing Guardian
(01/2021)
ad Litem or Court Visitor
GDN M 409
p. 1 of 4
Superior Court of Washington, County of
In the Guardianship of:
No.
Order Appointing Guardian ad Litem or
Court Visitor
Respondent/s (minors/children)
[ ] GAL Appointed (ORAPGL)
[ ] Visitor Appointed (ORAPCV)
Clerks Action: 10
Order Appointing Guardian ad Litem or Court Visitor
Use this form to appoint a GAL or Court Visitor in a Minor Guardianship Case.
1.
Children needing Guardian ad Litem (GAL) or Court Visitor (Visitor)
A GAL or Visitor should be appointed for the children listed below:
Child’s name
Age
Child’s name
Age
1.
2.
3.
4.
2.
The court has authority to make this appointment under Uniform Guardianship Act 11.130.
[ ] The court must appoint a Visitor because: (check all that apply)
[ ] one or more of the children is 12 or older and does not have a lawyer.
[ ] the petitioner says a parent waived their right to notice
[ ] the petitioner says they were unable to serve a parent
[ ] The court should appoint a GAL because the children’s interest otherwise would not be
adequately represented.
The court orders:
RCW 11.130.010,.195, .075, .220; GALR
Order Appointing Guardian
(01/2021)
ad Litem or Court Visitor
GDN M 409
p. 1 of 4
3.
(GAL / Visitor’s name):
is appointed
[ ] Guardian ad Litem [ ] Court Visitor for the children listed in 1 above.
4. Rights
All parties must serve the GAL or Visitor with:
notice of any court hearing or proposed agreement involving these children, and
copies of all documents they file in this case.
The court clerk must give the GAL or Visitor free certified copies of this Order upon request.
5. Court Visitor’s duties
[ ] Does not apply.
[ ] A GAL shall perform the duties of a Visitor until the Visitor program is established.
[ ] The Visitor must go to all court hearings and pretrial conferences for this case that are
related to the children, unless the court says otherwise.
The Visitor is ordered to investigate and file a report on the issues checked below.
(check all that apply):
[ ] Meet with the minor/s and explain the rights outlined in the Notice of Hearing. Find out
the children’s views about the guardianship or guardian. Inform the court if the minor
wants access to all documents filed in this case.
[ ] Decide if a parent who was not served can be located with reasonable effort.
[ ] Interview the petitioner and the minor.
[ ] Confirm whether a parent consents to guardianship.
[ ] Other issues about the standby guardian petition.
[ ] Other:
6. GAL’s duties
[ ] Does not apply.
[ ] The Guardian ad Litem’s (GAL’s) duties include:
 Inform the court about, and represent, the needs and best interests of the children.
 Protect the legal interests of the children in this case;
 Explain (to the extent possible) the legal papers and correspondence related to this
case to the children;
 Participate in court hearings related to the GAL’s duties through written reports and
supplemental oral reports; and
 Follow all court orders and go to all meetings and court hearings related to the GAL’s
duties or scope of appointment.
[ ] Other (specify):
7. Report
.
The GAL/Visitor’s report must include facts about the issues listed in 5 or 6 above
RCW 11.130.010,.195, .075, .220; GALR
Order Appointing Guardian
(01/2021)
ad Litem or Court Visitor
GDN M 409
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Deadline! Unless the court extends the deadline, the report must be filed and served on all
parties at least 10 days prior to any hearing requiring a report.
8. Access to the children and information
The GAL/Visitor is allowed reasonable access to the children, and to all records and people
with information that affects the children, including:
Child care providers
Physical and mental health care providers
Schools and other educational institutions
Law enforcement agencies, Child Protective Services, and the Department of
Children, Youth, and Family (or equivalent agencies, if outside Washington)
Note: agencies may withhold or black out legally protected parts of requested information.
9. Release of information
The signatures of parties or children age 12 or older below mean that they give permission
to the agencies and professionals listed in 8 above to share information about themselves
and their children with the GAL/Visitor.
10. Confidentiality
The GAL/Visitor will:
Have access to all Superior Court and Juvenile Court files related to his/her duties,
including sealed and confidential documents. Exception: The GAL/Visitor will not
have access to information sealed under RCW 13.50.050(7);
Keep confidential any sealed and confidential information (unless his or her duties
as GAL/Visitor require otherwise); and
Tell the court if his/her report includes any sealed or confidential information.
The parties (or their lawyers, if any) have the right to inspect and copy the GAL/Visitor file,
including the names and addresses of everyone the GAL/Visitor consulted. Exception:
information in the GAL/Visitor’s file that is confidential by law or sealed by a court shall not
be shared with the parties or their lawyers.
11. Fees
The GAL/Visitor’s hourly fee is $
. The GAL/Visitor may not charge more than a total of
$
without court review and approval.
The GAL/Visitor’s fees will be paid as follows (check one):
[ ]
% paid by Petitioner
% paid by Parent
% paid by Parent
[ ]
% or $
paid by the County at public expense. However, if the parties’
financial circumstances change, the court may order the parties to pay the fees
according to their ability to pay.
[ ]
Other:
Billing Process:
RCW 11.130.010,.195, .075, .220; GALR
Order Appointing Guardian
(01/2021)
ad Litem or Court Visitor
GDN M 409
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The GAL must file an itemized statement of time and expenses with the court and
provide a copy to the person/s or entity responsible for payment.
The GAL may file any request for payment with the court, along with an itemized
statement and a proposed order.
12. Other orders
(if any):
Ordered.
Date
Judge or Commissioner
Petitioner and Respondent or their lawyers fill out below:
A party’s signature authorizes release of information as described in 9 above.
Presented by:
Signature of Party/Lawyer
Printed Name
WSBA No.
Copy received and approved by:
Signature of Parent
Printed Name
Signature of Parent
Printed Name
Children age 12 or older sign below to authorize release of information as described in 8:
Child signs here
Print name
Date
Other child signs here
Print name
Date
Guardian ad Litem/ Court Visitor signs below to accept appointment:
GAL/Visitor signs here
Print name
Date
RCW 11.130.010,.195, .075, .220; GALR
Order Appointing Guardian
(01/2021)
ad Litem or Court Visitor
GDN M 409
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