Michelle is available for appointment as a Title 11 Guardian ad Litem in King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom Counties. She has been a GAL since 2007 and has been appointed in more than 200 cases. Michelle was a panelist in the annual GAL training in 2017, discussing the challenges of finding guardians for indigent elders in our community. She takes pride in being kind, respectful, patient, thorough and fair.
What is a Guardian ad LItem?
- Guardian ad Litem (GAL) means a "guardian for the case" in latin.
- Title 11 Guardians ad Litem are appointed by a court in a guardianship matter for an allegedly incapacitated adult.
- The GAL acts according to the directions from the court- most often, the GAL investigates whether the alleged incapacitated person needs a guardian, who the guardian should be, and whether there are viable less restrictive alternatives to guardianship, like a power of attorney. In rare cases, the GAL is authorized to take other actions, like freeze bank accounts or make medical decisions.
- The GAL is not a "guardian" and does not act as the attorney for the alleged incapacitated person. She does advocate for what she believes is in the best interests of the alleged incapacitated person.
- The GAL is paid by the alleged incapacitated person, a party to the guardianship action, or by the County, depending on what the Court orders.
- A GAL must go through special training to be certified, and attend annual education seminars.
- The laws governing guardianship and GALs can be found here.
- The code of conduct for GALs in Snohomish County can be found here.
This website and its contents do not constitute legal advice. No attorney-client relationship can be formed until the attorney and client meet, discuss the client’s case, and sign a written fee agreement. Michelle is not a tax expert, and nothing in this website can be construed as tax advice. If you’d like to hire Michelle, please contact the office at 206-522-4638. Thank you! © Michelle Farris 2015