2020 Revised Code of Washington
Title 11 - Probate and Trust Law
Chapter 11.90 - Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act.
11.90.280 Rules when guardian appointment or protective order petition is filed in Washington and another state.
Except for a petition for the appointment of a guardian in an emergency or issuance of a protective order limited to property located in this state under RCW 11.90.230(1) (a) or (b), if a petition for the appointment of a guardian or issuance of a protective order is filed in this state and in another state and neither petition has been dismissed or withdrawn, the following rules apply:
(1) If the court in this state has jurisdiction under RCW 11.90.220, it may proceed with the case unless a court in another state acquires jurisdiction under provisions similar to RCW 11.90.220 before the appointment or issuance of the order.
(2) If the court in this state does not have jurisdiction under RCW 11.90.220, whether at the time the petition is filed or at any time before the appointment or issuance of the order, the court shall stay the proceeding and communicate with the court in the other state. If the court in the other state has jurisdiction, the court in this state shall dismiss the petition unless the court in the other state determines that the court in this state is a more appropriate forum.
[ 2009 c 81 § 15.]
Effective date—2009 c 81: See note following RCW 11.90.010.