The best course of action would be to hire an attorney to start guardianship proceedings as soon as possible. Due to your daughter's condition and youth, there is a good chance she will not be pleased by a guardianship and may try to contest it. This is why it is in both of your best interests to do it right the first time.
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Guardianships take time. A guardian ad litem (GAL) is appointed by the court to write a report, and the GAL has to get a medical report for the judge to consider. Generally, guardianships take at least 45 days. Guardianships are disfavored. A power of attorney is often sufficient to avoid a guardianship. The person has a right to hire a lawyer and contest a guardianship in a jury trial, so one must initiate a guardianship carefully and thoughtfully. I suggest you consult with a guardianship attorney who can give you specific advice concerning this difficult situation.
One other thought: with bi-polar disease, your daughter may choose to have a mental health directive under RCW 71.32.
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