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Are guardianship cases filed in the superior court of the county in which the person resides; or in a district court?

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We will be filing for the guardianship of our daughter who is intellectually disabled before she turns 18. She is now 17. Also, do we need to take the online class on guardianship?

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    It's superior court...I'm not sure about a course, but I can offer some resources. Q&A on guardianship: http://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/resource/questions-and-answers-on-guardianship?ref=WRNyW

    And information on alternatives (I'm sure you know what's best for your daughter, but there are degrees of intellectual disability and guardianship may not be appropriate if there are less restrictive options available): http://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/files/C9D2EA3F-0350-D9AF-ACAE-BF37E9BC9FFA/attachments/392E02E5-DDD9-3257-2013-D64145502759/3302en.pdf

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  2. In NJ, we file with in Superior Court, but the Probate part receives and admits all paperwork; they act as clerk to the Superior court in cases of guardianship.


  3. Here is the website from the Washington courts about becoming a certified guardian. I hope this helps. http://www.courts.wa.gov/programs_orgs/guardian/

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  4. Guardianships are filed in Superior Court. Washington law now requires that petitioners seeking to be appointed as guardians who are not certified professional guardians must view an online training video. You can find information about this on the website for your county's superior court. This video is to be supplied without cost to petitioners.

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